economize

verb
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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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 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 This program is intended for senior citizens and their families, as well as anyone who is considering economizing and living a simpler lifestyle. Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County calendar of events," 9 Mar. 2020 In 2014, facing a budgetary crisis, officials of this poor, majority-black city economized by changing its water source to the Flint River. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 The financial pressures of the COVID recession will inevitably push consumers to economize, so cord-cutting will accelerate. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Pay TV Fears Even Bigger Subscriber Losses Amid Virus Crisis," 10 Apr. 2020 Building out new production capacity in a country that spent decades economizing through offshoring is not easy. Tom Simonite, Wired, "How Decades of Offshoring Led to a Mask Shortage in a Pandemic," 29 Mar. 2020 This program is intended for senior citizens and their families, as well as anyone who is considering economizing and living a simpler lifestyle. Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County calendar of events," 9 Mar. 2020 This program is intended for senior citizens and their families, as well as anyone who is considering economizing and living a simpler lifestyle. Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County calendar of events," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of economize

1780, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of economize was in 1780

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25 May 2020

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“Economize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/economize. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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economize

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English Language Learners Definition of economize

: to use money, resources, etc., carefully

economize

verb
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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