If you want to move to the countryside — especially if you desire a simple, unsophisticated life there — you may explain to people that you wish to rusticate your busy life.

The verb rusticate means "to send to the countryside." If you live in the city, you may want to rusticate your kids in the summers so they can experience a different lifestyle. In Britain, another meaning of the verb is to suspend from university, as in to be punished. If you get caught breaking too many rules with your practical jokes, the dean may rusticate you for a term or two.

Definitions of rusticate
  1. verb
    live in the country and lead a rustic life
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    type of:
    domicile, domiciliate, reside, shack
    make one's home in a particular place or community
  2. verb
    send to the country
    “He was rusticated for his bad behavior”
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    type of:
    ban, banish
    ban from a place of residence, as for punishment
  3. verb
    lend a rustic character to
    rusticate the house in the country”
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. verb
    give (stone) a rustic look
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    type of:
    cut a rebate in (timber or stone)
  5. verb
    suspend temporarily from college or university, in England
    synonyms: send down
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    type of:
    debar, suspend
    bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.
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