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 By building high, Americold was able to use less space on the ground, and can economize on utility costs, Daigle said. Don Stacom,, "Towering above Plainville: Blue steel framework of 12-story high-tech warehouse for frozen food," 9 Apr. 2021 In populations in which infections remain rare, pooling can help economize on tests and reagents and stretch limited supplies further. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "Duke University schools the country on how to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic," 21 Nov. 2020 LeBeouf also argued that the city can economize by renovating part of the existing main jail building to house inmates. Matt Sledge,, "New Orleans judge questions city's request to halt mental health jail construction," 19 Oct. 2020 To economize after voters rejected a $166 million referendum in November 2018, the school board pared down the list of projects the referendum on the April 2019 ballot would fund to total $139.8 million, which voters approved. Kimberly Fornek,, "Low interest rates allow Hinsdale District 86 to increase their referendum’s buying power," 31 Aug. 2020 That product, now found in 70,000 U.S. outlets, helped economize non-timber forest products made from renewable resources. Anchorage Daily News, "California startup turns Bristol Bay salmon skins into a fried snack," 25 Aug. 2020 DeJoy, the postmaster general and a major Trump donor, says the recent moves — which included the removal of four delivery bar code sorters from Baltimore — were part of a long-term effort to economize. Jeff Barker,, "‘I love the Post Office,’ Baltimore demonstrators chant as many rally in state and nation," 22 Aug. 2020 This is quite the opportunity to get a clear focus, identify unnecessary expenses, and economize. Maithreyi Seetharaman, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: How a master dog trainer to influential Londoners is handling business during the pandemic," 22 Apr. 2020 The Williams family has managed to economize while sheltering at home during the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus and downturn slam America’s oil patch," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of economize

1780, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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18 Apr 2021

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“Economize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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