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 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 In that market, the challenges ahead look a little different: there’s no consumer aversion to weird new products to overcome and strong pressures to economize on price. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Meatless meat is having a moment. Will eggless eggs be next?," 23 July 2019 Sending an all-female crew and a sperm bank lets a space program economize while also increasing the genetic diversity of the parental pool. National Geographic, "Here’s why women may be the best suited for spaceflight," 17 June 2019 Technological breakthroughs have all been devoted to economizing on fuel by building more efficient engines and more aerodynamic fuselages and wings. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Airbus Shows Danger of Wanting It Bigger and Faster," 14 Feb. 2019

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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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6 Jan 2020

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“Economize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 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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dull or mediocre

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