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 LeBeouf also argued that the city can economize by renovating part of the existing main jail building to house inmates. Matt Sledge,, "New Orleans judge questions city's request to halt mental health jail construction," 19 Oct. 2020 To economize after voters rejected a $166 million referendum in November 2018, the school board pared down the list of projects the referendum on the April 2019 ballot would fund to total $139.8 million, which voters approved. Kimberly Fornek,, "Low interest rates allow Hinsdale District 86 to increase their referendum’s buying power," 31 Aug. 2020 That product, now found in 70,000 U.S. outlets, helped economize non-timber forest products made from renewable resources. Anchorage Daily News, "California startup turns Bristol Bay salmon skins into a fried snack," 25 Aug. 2020 DeJoy, the postmaster general and a major Trump donor, says the recent moves — which included the removal of four delivery bar code sorters from Baltimore — were part of a long-term effort to economize. Jeff Barker,, "‘I love the Post Office,’ Baltimore demonstrators chant as many rally in state and nation," 22 Aug. 2020 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

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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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26 Oct 2020

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“Economize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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