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economize

or (especially British) economise

[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.
Origin of economize
1640-1650
1640-50; econom(y) + -ize
Related forms
uneconomizing, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. save, conserve, husband.
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  • In order to economize their drinking-water, their bread was kneaded with water dipped up from the sea.

  • You'll say that you and she will economize and fight it out together.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The winter bids fair to be a hard one for American artists in Paris, so I have decided that it would be wise to economize in rent.

  • Two college students were short of money and had to economize greatly.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • "I should like to have you tell us how we can economize any more than we have," said Mrs. Walton, with spirit.

    Bound to Rise Horatio Alger
  • It was induced by its dynamic necessities to economize the gods.

  • economize gas by using the minimum amount necessary to keep food cooking at the desired temperature.

  • Towards the end of pregnancy the wife should economize her forces.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • I know the general advice is to economize more closely, but how can you do it just at the beginning of winter?

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
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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