econ·​o·​mize | \i-ˈkä-nə-ˌmīz \
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for economize


pinch, save, scrimp, skimp, spare



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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

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Camila and Sergio, a native of Argentina who had been a soccer player of some distinction, often traveled together and found ways to economize. Jon Wertheim,, "Camila Giorgi Has Talent to Stay on Tour, But Finding Finances a Struggle," 10 Jan. 2014 The practice of rooming strangers together is not just a means to economize, said Jason Robison, the group’s program director. Doug Smith,, "A Venice couple is housing homeless people, one small building at a time," 8 June 2018 Some housewives have spent tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on their hosts, working extra jobs, economizing on groceries, or extorting their husbands. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry," 23 Apr. 2018 History showed that Vince Velasquez is not known for economizing his pitches and, even though Kapler talked up the hard-throwing righthander throughout spring training, that disturbing trend continued in the Grapefruit League games. Bob Brookover,, "Gabe Kapler's bullpen usage with Phillies is becoming a soap opera," 31 Mar. 2018 This free program is intended for senior citizens and their families, as well as anyone who is considering economizing and living a simpler lifestyle. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 19 Mar. 2018 But the Model 3 reportedly does use a PM system, likely because magnets economize space and weight (which can affect battery range), and such motors tend to have better acceleration. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Toyota’s new magnet won’t depend on some key rare-earth minerals," 28 Feb. 2018 The Major League Baseball Players Association angrily says some teams are more interested in economizing than in winning. George Will, Anchorage Daily News, "Play ball, with informed intelligence," 13 Feb. 2018 Ms. Wain also cut records — initially under the name Beatrice Wayne — until record executives, without seeking her permission, tweaked her name to economize on space in credits. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Bea Wain, ‘girl singer’ from big-band era who jammed with Pavarotti, dies at 100," 21 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of economize

: to use money, resources, etc., carefully ( chiefly US )


econ·​o·​mize | \i-ˈkä-nə-ˌmīz \
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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