economize

[ ih-kon-uh-mahyz ]
/ ɪˈkɒn əˌmaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. economically,
  2. economics,
  3. economism,
  4. economist,
  5. economistic,
  6. economizer,
  7. economo's disease,
  8. economy,
  9. economy class,
  10. economy of scale

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

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British Dictionary definitions for economize

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 economize

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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