economize

[ih-kon-uh-mahyz]
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:
1640–50; econom(y) + -ize

uneconomizing, adjective


1, 2. save, conserve, husband.
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economize or economise (ɪˈkɒnəˌmaɪz)
 
vb
(often foll by on) to limit or reduce (expense, waste, etc)
 
economise or economise
 
vb
 
economi'zation or economise
 
n
 
economi'sation or economise
 
n

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Word Origin & History

economize
1640s, "to govern a household," from economy + -ize. Meaning "to spend less" is from 1790.
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Example sentences
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.
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