tit·​il·​late | \ ˈti-tə-ˌlāt How to pronounce titillate (audio) \
titillated; titillating

Definition of titillate

transitive verb

1 : to excite pleasurably : arouse by stimulation

intransitive verb

: to act as a stimulant to pleasurable excitement

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Other Words from titillate

titillation \ ˌti-​tə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce titillate (audio) \ noun
titillative \ ˈti-​tə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce titillate (audio) \ adjective

Examples of titillate in a Sentence

a film made to titillate the audience writing that titillates and provokes
Recent Examples on the Web Where those three aimed to titillate, though, Lil Nas X wanted to demonstrate: This is what having a gay pop star could actually look like — at least one version, anyway. New York Times, 7 July 2021 How does a chef create, and then plate, dishes that titillate the taste buds and dazzle the eyes? Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, 15 May 2021 The stories, in other words, should do more than titillate. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2021 Their intent wasn't to titillate anglers with tall tales about big fish, but to teach them how to catch fish. Star Tribune, 21 Jan. 2021 Their goal is not to titillate liberal legal scholars. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, 16 Oct. 2020 Rhodes soon jumps from local radio to national television, relying on the same combination of the homespun and the irreverent to charm and titillate. Jake Tapper, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2020 But there was one American editor who turned his gaze the other way, hoping to elevate rather than titillate. James M. Lundberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Mar. 2020 But women’s bodies have been used to titillate audiences, and sell tickets for nearly a century. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of titillate

1620, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for titillate

Latin titillatus, past participle of titillare

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19 Jul 2021

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“Titillate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titillate. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of titillate

: to interest or excite (someone) in an enjoyable and often sexual way

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