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economize

[ih-kon-uh-mahyz] /ɪˈkɒn əˌmaɪz/
verb (used without object), economized, economizing.
1.
to practice economy; avoid waste or extravagance.
verb (used with object), economized, economizing.
2.
to manage economically; use sparingly or frugally.
Also, especially British, economise.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; econom(y) + -ize
Related forms
uneconomizing, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. save, conserve, husband.
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Examples from the web for economize
  • There is no disadvantage in this case to economize on file size.
  • It may be true that every technique of wit shows the tendency to economize in expression, but the relationship is not reversible.
  • No party to the transaction had both the incentive and the ability to economize on care.
  • Vacationers economize over gas prices, but only a bit.
  • To economize, they moved into a cheaper apartment and sold one of two cars.
  • We are attempting to economize by not having to send out mailings, but improve communication through using e-mail.
  • In an effort to economize and stretch every dollar, consumers are preparing more food at home and saving leftovers.
  • Where it is scarce, plants and animals adapt to economize the limited supply, or fail to survive.
  • Agencies also could target and economize inspection programs, and more rationally develop incentives and disincentives.
  • Large farms are typically able to economize on inputs and better coordinate stages of production.
British Dictionary definitions for economize

economize

/ɪˈkɒnəˌmaɪz/
verb
1.
(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 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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