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verb (used without object), e·con·o·mized, e·con·o·miz·ing.
  1. to practice economy; avoid waste or extravagance.
verb (used with object), e·con·o·mized, e·con·o·miz·ing.
  1. to manage economically; use sparingly or frugally.
Also especially British, e·con·o·mise.

Origin of economize

First recorded in 1640–50; econom(y) + -ize
Related formsun·e·con·o·miz·ing, adjective


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1, 2. save, conserve, husband.
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Examples from the Web for economise

Historical Examples

  • These arches may have been built in this manner to economise centering.

    Byzantine Churches in Constantinople

    Alexander Van Millingen

  • All business has been hit very hard, and we've simply got to economise.

  • No means had been used either to provide more water, or to economise what there was.

    Ran Away to Sea

    Mayne Reid

  • We had, however, to economise our fuel, of which there was but a small quantity.

    In the Wilds of Africa

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Mistress: "I hope you're doing what you can to economise the food."

British Dictionary definitions for economise



  1. (often foll by on) to limit or reduce (expense, waste, etc)
Derived Formseconomization or economisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for economise



1640s, "to govern a household," from economy + -ize. Meaning "to spend less" is from 1790. Related: Economized; economizing; economization; economizer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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