1. [ verb ] use cautiously and frugally
Synonyms: husband economise conserve

"I try to economize my spare time" "conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit"

Related terms: waste save preserve save retrench economy economy economizer
2. [ verb ] spend sparingly, avoid the waste of
Synonyms: save economise

"This move will save money" "The less fortunate will have to economize now"

Related terms: spend conserve tighten_one's_belt economy economy economizer saver
Similar spelling:   economizer