economize

verb
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

Synonyms

pinch, save, scrimp, skimp, spare

Antonyms

waste

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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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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 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, Philly.com, "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

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First Known Use of economize

1780, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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economize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of economize

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

economize

verb
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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