Definition of economize in US English:



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  • Spend less; reduce one's expenses.

    ‘I have to economize where I can’
    ‘people on low incomes may try to economize on fuel’
    • ‘If he had it he spent it and if he didn't he economised.’
    • ‘Cement is the most expensive component of concrete, so there is often a tendency to economise by reducing the cement to a very small proportion.’
    • ‘With this sort of ‘sharecropping’ arrangement, stores no longer have strong incentives to economize in video purchase, reducing the queuing for customers.’
    • ‘It's a starting point, but if it's all you can earn, then you should expect to economize and reduce your expenses while you look for a way to earn a better income.’
    • ‘The father of two children said that he had to economize after the fuel crisis hit the country, including Bandung city, recently.’
    • ‘Rising prices get people to voluntarily economize on goods and services rendered scarcer by the disaster.’
    • ‘In order to generate profits, the treadmill relies heavily on energy-intensive, capital-intensive technology, which allows it to economize on labor inputs.’
    • ‘Attempts to shave costs by economizing on energy use reduce pollution.’
    • ‘They do not fully understand that carrying out the work properly will bring them better and cheaper goods, economize on the use of tax revenue and stop corruption at its roots.’
    • ‘To economize, the backyards were left close to their original elevation.’
    • ‘It's filled with ways to economize, substituting bread and noodles and cheese for meat, making cakes that don't use expensive butter or eggs, dressing up horrible processed things with tomato sauce or pimientos to make them palatable.’
    • ‘The two new budget carriers can economise on costs by accessing training facilities locally.’
    • ‘There is so much waste and mismanagement in government that the best way to balance the books is by economizing, streamlining, and cutting out the waste and spending the money you have more wisely.’
    • ‘The problem comes when trying to economize while buying insurance.’
    • ‘He believes the sum required for this could be provided by economising on administrative expenses.’
    • ‘But economising on expenditure creates tension and conflict.’
    • ‘The financial sector is economizing on liquid money balances.’
    • ‘However, the councils, fire and police chiefs claim their budgets involve cutbacks and economising as they battle to keep rises to a minimum.’
    • ‘And even without international travel, the debt rises, despite my best efforts to economize.’
    • ‘While travel prices are up in the first three months of 2005, this will not discourage Americans from taking trips, but they will be looking for deals and ways to economize in order to save money without giving up their summer vacations.’
    save, save money, cut expenditure, cut costs
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