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economize

[ih-kon-uh-mahyz] /ɪˈkɒn əˌmaɪz/
verb (used without object), economized, economizing.
1.
to practice economy; avoid waste or extravagance.
verb (used with object), economized, economizing.
2.
to manage economically; use sparingly or frugally.
Also, especially British, economise.
Origin of economize
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; econom(y) + -ize
Related forms
uneconomizing, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. save, conserve, husband.
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economize

/ɪˈkɒnəˌmaɪz/
verb
1.
(often foll by on) to limit or reduce (expense, waste, etc)
Derived Forms
economization, economisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for economize
v.

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

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