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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from economize

economizer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for economize

Synonyms

pinch, save, scrimp, skimp, spare

Antonyms

waste

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

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 This design from American furniture brand HBF shaves off desktop acreage and stowage, then further economizes by borrowing the face-to-face setup of the partners desk, so apt for today’s idea-sharing worker bees. Cara Gibbs, WSJ, "The New, Highly Efficient Two-Sided Desk," 27 Sep. 2018 Expanding medical savings accounts and decoupling health plans from employment would create incentives for both consumers and their health-care providers to economize on health-care spending. Edward C. Prescott And, WSJ, "The Good Times Can Roll On," 23 Aug. 2018 Reaction to us as cheapskates: We were treated courteously throughout by an efficient and friendly staff perhaps used to economizing tourists looking for an experience at the most famous hotel in town. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 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, SI.com, "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, latimes.com, "A Venice couple is housing homeless people, one small building at a time," 8 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'economize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of economize

1780, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about economize

Statistics for economize

Last Updated

15 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for economize

The first known use of economize was in 1780

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for economize

economize

verb

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on economize

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with economize

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for economize

Spanish Central: Translation of economize

Nglish: Translation of economize for Spanish Speakers

Comments on economize

What made you want to look up economize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!