economize

[ ih-kon-uh-mahyz ]
/ ɪˈkɒn əˌmaɪz /
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verb (used without object), e·con·o·mized, e·con·o·miz·ing.

to practice economy; avoid waste or extravagance.

verb (used with object), e·con·o·mized, e·con·o·miz·ing.

to manage economically; use sparingly or frugally.
Also especially British, e·con·o·mise.

Origin of economize

First recorded in 1640–50; econom(y) + -ize
SYNONYMS FOR economize
Related formsun·e·con·o·miz·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for economise

economize

economise

/ (ɪˈkɒnəˌmaɪz) /

verb

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

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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