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or (especially British) economise

[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.
Origin of economize
1640-50; econom(y) + -ize
Related forms
uneconomizing, adjective
1, 2. save, conserve, husband. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for economise
Historical Examples
  • Like all good managers, the mother had her one weakness—a mania for little strategies that should economise horses and vehicles.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • No means had been used either to provide more water, or to economise what there was.

    Ran Away to Sea Mayne Reid
  • I proclaimed aloud that the family must retire for some time into the country and economise.

  • We had, however, to economise our fuel, of which there was but a small quantity.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • Nothing remained, then, but to economise the hours, and let them glide by with as little restriction as might be.

  • This is the first Christmas that we have not needed to economise.

    A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen
  • The governor was clearly awake to the facts, and felt that he must economise his strength.

    Annals of a Fortress E. Viollet-le-Duc
  • The cause of this act was the desire on the part of the charities to economise.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • This rendered it important to economise their slender store, and to procure a future supply from the ship as soon as possible.

    Adrift in a Boat W.H.G. Kingston
  • That I shall have to economise a little is of no importance.

British Dictionary definitions for economise


(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 economise



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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