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[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.
Also, especially British, economise.
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 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


(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

1640s, "to govern a household," from economy + -ize. Meaning "to spend less" is from 1790. Related: Economized; economizing; economization; economizer.

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