titillate

verb
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 titillation (audio) \ noun
titillative \ ˈti-​tə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce titillative (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 Over more than half a century, Mr. Fonseca wrote short stories, novels, and screenplays that titillated and shocked Brazilians with their terse style and seamy content. Michael Astor, BostonGlobe.com, "Rubem Fonseca, giant of Brazilian literature, at 94," 23 Apr. 2020 Over more than half a century, Mr. Fonseca wrote short stories, novels and screenplays that titillated and shocked Brazilians with their terse style and seamy content. Michael Astor, New York Times, "Rubem Fonseca, Giant of Brazilian Literature, Dies at 94," 20 Apr. 2020 The family complained that Gilbert had edited the series to titillate and dwell on negative elements. William Yardley, BostonGlobe.com, "Craig Gilbert, who created groundbreaking ‘American Family’ show, dies at 94," 15 Apr. 2020 The family complained that Mr. Gilbert had edited the series to titillate and dwell on negative elements. William Yardley, New York Times, "Craig Gilbert, 94, Dies; Created Groundbreaking ‘American Family’," 13 Apr. 2020 Might this twist prompt consumers of paparazzi’s typically loathsome end product to reflect on their taste for titillating tripe? Los Angeles Times, "Feedback: Coronavirus survival tips from cats plus LACMA demolition and the paparazzi effect," 10 Apr. 2020 The idea of Brady, who just launched a Hollywood production company, relocating to L.A. is titillating for a fan base in need of a jolt as the Bolts prepare to move into resplendent SoFi Stadium. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL free agency: Nine teams that could be transformed after players sign in 2020," 12 Mar. 2020 The world was shocked, surprised, scared, titillated. Henry T. Greely, STAT, "Human reproductive cloning: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time," 21 Feb. 2020 And the smell of Shepherd's pie wasn't there to titillate the senses. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "As St. Patrick's Day came and went, coronavirus kept Louisville bars empty and joyless," 18 Mar. 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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The first known use of titillate was in 1620

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9 May 2020

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“Titillate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titillate. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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titillate

verb
How to pronounce titillate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of titillate

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

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