rus·​ti·​cate | \ˈrə-sti-ˌkāt \
rusticated; rusticating

Definition of rusticate 

intransitive verb

: to go into or reside in the country : follow a rustic life

transitive verb

1 chiefly British : to suspend from school or college

2 : to build or face with usually rough-surfaced masonry blocks having beveled or rebated edges producing pronounced joints a rusticated facade

3a : to compel to reside in the country

b : to cause to become rustic : implant rustic mannerisms in

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Other Words from rusticate

rustication \ˌrə-​sti-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun
rusticator \ˈrə-​sti-​ˌkā-​tər \ noun

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Believed by Native Americans to have healing powers, our springs were once part of a 19th-century health spa, attracting Manhattanites who traveled here to rusticate and take in the waters as a tonic for city life. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Mysteries of Gin Revealed," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of rusticate

1660, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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