from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To practice economy, as by avoiding waste or reducing expenditures.
- intransitive v. To make economical use of something: "The best that can be said for this method is that it economizes on thought” ( Christopher Hitchens).
- transitive v. To use or manage with thrift: the need to economize scarce energy resources.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To practice being economical (by using things sparingly or in moderation, and by avoiding waste or extravagance).
- v. To be frugal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To manage with economy; to use with prudence; to expend with frugality.
- intransitive v. To be prudently sparing in expenditure; to be frugal and saving.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To manage economically; practise economy in regard to; treat savingly or sparingly: as, to economize one's means or strength; he economized his expenses.
- To practise economy; avoid waste, extravagance, or excess; be sparing in outlay: as, to economize in one's housekeeping, or in the expenditure of energy.
- Also spelled economise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. use cautiously and frugally
- v. spend sparingly, avoid the waste of
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