- 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 economizing
After all, there was no use in economizing his remaining dollars.The Greater Inclination
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
- (often foll by on) to limit or reduce (expense, waste, etc)
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Word Origin and History for economizing
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