econ·​o·​mize | \ i-ˈkä-nə-ˌmīz How to pronounce economize (audio) \
economized; economizing

Definition of economize

intransitive verb

: to practice economy : be frugal

transitive verb

: to use frugally : save

Other Words from economize

economizer noun

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Examples of economize in a Sentence

He was born into a wealthy family and never learned to economize. in tough times people learn how to economize
Recent Examples on the Web Viktor, a 35-year-old carpenter, says his small business has lost most of its clients, as they’ve been forced to economize. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 5 June 2022 There's also a new chapter that explains how to economize time and money when cooking and how to avoid food waste. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 3 June 2022 The ability to reduce time and labor and better economize resources comes quite handy during the current labor shortage. Vaidya Aiyer, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 The use of adjunct professors is another way universities economize, while tenured professors reap big sums for working 24/7—24 hours a week for seven months a year. WSJ, 24 Dec. 2021 Also troubling are signals that suggest consumers now expect prices to keep rising — expectations that can hurt economic growth as people look to economize and trim their spending. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2021 Employers, having to pay their staff more, economize by hiring fewer people, the belief holds. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 11 Oct. 2021 James Bond may need to economize With 25 popular movies across six decades, Bond has cemented its place as a film franchise with few rivals. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 Over the past month-plus, Porter worked with Dr. Rick Celebrini — the Warriors’ director of sports medicine and performance — to economize his movements, fine-tune his balance and improve his agility. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of economize

1780, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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econ·​o·​mize | \ i-ˈkä-nə-ˌmīz How to pronounce economize (audio) \
economized; economizing

Kids Definition of economize

1 : to be thrifty We have to economize until times get better.
2 : to use less of : save I'm trying to economize on fuel.

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