- to practice economy; avoid waste or extravagance.
- to manage economically; use sparingly or frugally.
Also especially British, e·con·o·mise.
Origin of economize
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1, 2. save, conserve, husband.
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Examples from the Web for economising
Helen and I are economising; so the other evening we dined at the Rococo.
He knows the necessity of economising his cries and gestures.The Death Shot
By economising the food we were able to save enough for breakfast the next morning.The Two Supercargoes
Third-class now, my boy,” said the doctor, sadly; “economising has begun.The Weathercock
George Manville Fenn
The necessity of economising solutions of silver and gold has, however, led to certain modifications in the apparatus.
- (often foll by on) to limit or reduce (expense, waste, etc)
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Word Origin and History for economising
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