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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • I plead for the "law of parsimony," and the economizing of energy.

    Illogical Geology George McCready Price
  • Of economizing, keeping up appearances, flattering, calculating.

    A Tour Through The Pyrenees Hippolyte Adolphe Taine
  • But in that direction she thought no economizing was possible.

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
  • "economizing" with corn, which cost only the labor of gathering and roasting!

  • For the first time in life he was economizing for a purpose.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for economizing


(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 economizing



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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