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[ih-kon-uh-mahyz] /ɪˈkɒn əˌmaɪz/
verb (used without object), economized, economizing.
to practice economy; avoid waste or extravagance.
verb (used with object), economized, economizing.
to manage economically; use sparingly or frugally.
Also, especially British, economise.
Origin of economize
First recorded in 1640-50; econom(y) + -ize
Related forms
uneconomizing, adjective
1, 2. save, conserve, husband. Unabridged
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  • In order to economize their drinking-water, their bread was kneaded with water dipped up from the sea.

  • Only newcomers ever think, of trying to economize on servant bills.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • The winter bids fair to be a hard one for American artists in Paris, so I have decided that it would be wise to economize in rent.

  • "We must economize from the very beginning," said Phyllis, with a wan smile.

    Old Valentines Munson Aldrich Havens
  • "I should like to have you tell us how we can economize any more than we have," said Mrs. Walton, with spirit.

    Bound to Rise Horatio Alger
  • The besieged had to economize their shots, for they had only four charges left.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • economize gas by using the minimum amount necessary to keep food cooking at the desired temperature.

  • You'll say that you and she will economize and fight it out together.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I know the general advice is to economize more closely, but how can you do it just at the beginning of winter?

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for economize


(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

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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