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Definition of "economize" []

  • To practice economy, as by avoiding waste or reducing expenditures. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make economical use of something: "The best that can be said for this method is that it economizes on thought” ( Christopher Hitchens). (verb-intransitive)
  • To use or manage with thrift: the need to economize scarce energy resources. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "economize" in a sentence
  • "I don't think it's completely unreasonable to balk at the cost of college, as your co-blogger has, but I doubt the right way to economize is to sneak into the lectures."
  • ""People are learning how to conserve and economize, which is a great thing because we have been a wasteful society.""
  • "Certainly some male friends complain that their wives don't know the meaning of the word "economize" but most of my female friends are not that stupid."