rus·​ti·​cate | \ ˈrə-sti-ˌkāt How to pronounce rusticate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce rusticate (audio) \ noun
rusticator \ ˈrə-​sti-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce rusticate (audio) \ 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, "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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“Rusticate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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