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economize

[ih-kon-uh-mahyz]
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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.
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verb (used with object), e·con·o·mized, e·con·o·miz·ing.
  1. to manage economically; use sparingly or frugally.
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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

Synonyms

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

Historical Examples

  • After all, there was no use in economizing his remaining dollars.

    The Greater Inclination

    Edith Wharton

  • She came running to me with a suggestion for economizing in the manufacture of the relish.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Economizing "in spots" or by freaks is no economy at all; it must be done by management.

    How to Succeed

    Orison Swett Marden

  • What can be worse than economizing in London, in their position?

    Heartsease

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • It is put there for the purpose of economizing in the construction.

    Woodward's Country Homes

    George E. Woodward


British Dictionary definitions for economizing

economize

economise

verb
  1. (often foll by on) to limit or reduce (expense, waste, etc)
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Derived Formseconomization or economisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for economizing

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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