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

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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 Iranians were being forced to economize, trading lunch at kebab restaurants for cheap pleasures like sugary snacks. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Iran’s Economy Is Bleak. Its Stock Market Is Soaring.," 13 Feb. 2020 Unless this sentiment changes, presidents of both political parties must economize on the use of force and maximize U.S. reliance on proxies, allies and skillful diplomacy. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Trump Gets No Soleimani Bump," 14 Jan. 2020 Over the past year, Celebrini has taught Curry how to economize his physical movements. Connor Letourneau,, "‘Young at heart’: Warriors bank on Stephen Curry holding back Father Time," 18 Oct. 2019 Analysts suggest that the bigger companies will turn the corner and that as the scooters themselves become sturdier, companies will economize by buying fewer. Bruce Selcraig,, "Could scooter mania just blow over in San Antonio?," 30 Dec. 2019 Operatives often share cheap accommodation to economize while on the road. Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, "Top Secret Russian Unit Seeks to Destabilize Europe, Security Officials Say," 6 Sep. 2018 Consider ways to cut back or economize that won't cramp your lifestyle. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 7, 2019: Happy birthday Dylan Baker; Cancer, leave sensitive subjects for another time," 7 Oct. 2019 Toll said she has been forced to economize by cutting teaching positions, curriculum budgets, field trips, after-school programs, and teacher coaching. Kathleen Megan,, "Charter schools say state is ‘starving’ them by providing less funding than traditional public schools," 11 Nov. 2019 To further economize, the group moved back two rows, which brought each ticket price down to $500 per game, plus a $29,000 membership fee. Kathleen Pender,, "‘At some point it gets too expensive’: Warriors fans reckon with Chase Center prices," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of economize

1780, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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17 Feb 2020

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“Economize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of economize

: to use money, resources, etc., carefully


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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