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

Other Words from economize

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 Also troubling are signals that suggest consumers now expect prices to keep rising — expectations that can hurt economic growth as people look to economize and trim their spending. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2021 Employers, having to pay their staff more, economize by hiring fewer people, the belief holds. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 11 Oct. 2021 James Bond may need to economize With 25 popular movies across six decades, Bond has cemented its place as a film franchise with few rivals. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 Over the past month-plus, Porter worked with Dr. Rick Celebrini — the Warriors’ director of sports medicine and performance — to economize his movements, fine-tune his balance and improve his agility. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 If tech workers want to economize on time spent grocery shopping or a busy person faces the choice between grabbing an unhealthy meal at a fast-food joint or bringing along some Soylent, why should anyone complain? Rob Reich, Time, 10 Sep. 2021 Unlike traditional high-end consumers, these part-time luxury travelers economize on some segments of their trips to splurge on others. Abbi Whitaker, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Yet the longer shortages persist, putting upward pressure on wages, the greater the incentive for companies to turn to technology to economize on labor—and the longer the jobs recovery will take. Greg Ip, WSJ, 9 June 2021 This design can improve your work efficiency and economize your labor. Tim Kohut, BGR, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of economize

1780, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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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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