rus·​ti·​cate ˈrə-sti-ˌkāt How to pronounce rusticate (audio)
rusticated; rusticating

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

chiefly British : to suspend from school or college
: to build or face with usually rough-surfaced masonry blocks having beveled or rebated edges producing pronounced joints
a rusticated facade
: to compel to reside in the country
: to cause to become rustic : implant rustic mannerisms in
rustication noun
rusticator noun

Examples of rusticate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 10 Aug. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of rusticate was in 1660

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Cite this Entry

“Rusticate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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