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[roo r-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), ru·ral·ized, ru·ral·iz·ing.
  1. to make rural.
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verb (used without object), ru·ral·ized, ru·ral·iz·ing.
  1. to spend time in the country; rusticate.
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Also especially British, ru·ral·ise.

Origin of ruralize

First recorded in 1795–1805; rural + -ize
Related formsru·ral·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for ruralize

Historical Examples

  • His courtly ambition being now again disappointed, he styled himself the melancholy Cowley, and resolved to ruralize in earnest.

    Homes and Haunts of the Most Eminent British Poets, Vol. I (of 2)

    William Howitt

British Dictionary definitions for ruralize



  1. (tr) to make rural in character, appearance, etc
  2. (intr) to go into the country to live
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Derived Formsruralization or ruralisation, noun
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