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economy

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noun econ·o·my \i-ˈkä-nə-mē, ə-, ē-\

Definition of economy

plural

economies

  1. 1 archaic :  the management of household or private affairs and especially expenses

  2. 2a :  thrifty and efficient use of material resources :  frugality in expenditures; also :  an instance or a means of economizing :  savingb :  efficient and concise use of nonmaterial resources (such as effort, language, or motion)

  3. 3a :  the arrangement or mode of operation of something :  organizationb :  a system especially of interaction and exchange an economy of information

  4. 4 :  the structure or conditions of economic life in a country, area, or period; also :  an economic system

Examples of economy in a Sentence

  1. The war altered the country's economy.

  2. An increase in tourism will help the city's economy.

  3. We must learn to practice economy.

  4. We'll also benefit from the economies provided by more efficient energy sources.

  5. It would be false economy to repair the leak without replacing the pipe.

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Origin and Etymology of economy

Middle French yconomie, from Medieval Latin oeconomia, from Greek oikonomia, from oikonomos household manager, from oikos house + nemein to manage — more at vicinity, nimble


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economy

adjective econ·o·my

Definition of economy

  1. :  designed to save money economy cars

First Known Use of economy

1821



ECONOMY Defined for English Language Learners

economy

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Definition of economy for English Language Learners

  • : the process or system by which goods and services are produced, sold, and bought in a country or region

  • : careful use of money, resources, etc.

  • : something that makes it possible for you to spend less money

economy

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Definition of economy for English Language Learners

  • : designed to cost less money


ECONOMY Defined for Kids

economy

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noun econ·o·my \i-ˈkä-nə-mē\

Definition of economy for Students

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economies

  1. 1 :  the way in which goods and services are made, sold, and used in a country or area the city's economy

  2. 2 :  the careful use of money and goods :  thrift With economy and restraint, they managed to live on their small income.


Medical Dictionary

economy

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noun econ·o·my \i-ˈkän-ə-mē\

Medical Definition of economy

plural

economies

  1. 1:  the system of operation of the processes of anabolism and catabolism in living bodies the economy of the cell

  2. 2:  the body of an animal or plant as an organized whole disorganizing wide segments of the body economy—Leonard Engel



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