- 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 economize
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You'll say that you and she will economize and fight it out together.The Portygee
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Two college students were short of money and had to economize greatly.Common Science
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With an abundance of fish, we were able to economize our provisions.The Philippine Islands
It was induced by its dynamic necessities to economize the gods.The Education of Henry Adams
It was I who first announced that you cannot economize in the quality of your paper.
- (often foll by on) to limit or reduce (expense, waste, etc)
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Word Origin and History for economize
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