economize

[ih-kon-uh-mahyz]
verb (used with object), e·con·o·mized, e·con·o·miz·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsun·e·con·o·miz·ing, adjective

Synonyms for economize

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British Dictionary definitions for economise

economize

economise

verb
  1. (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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