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She adjusted the thermostat as part of an effort to economize.
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In the UK, the word is typically spelled economise.
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  • She adjusted the thermostat as part of an effort to economize.
  • The school will have to economize, but hopefully without cutting teacher’s salaries.
  • They had to economize space until the new factory was built.
  • (said in jest):  Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
    Mark Twain

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  • I walked over to Madison Avenue and started to wait around for a bus because I didn’t have hardly any money left and I had to start economizing on cabs and all.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • This morning Shukhov economized.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Influence in society, however, is a capital which has to be economized if it is to last.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He was walking with carefully measured steps, economizing every gesture.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • You see I am obliged to economize, in case your prosperity should cease.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Joe grumbled awhile; then he agreed with his friend that what daylight was left ought to be economized in getting things ready for leaving.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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  • Let us economize all that; the guard is below; march on instantly, or you’ll get the thumb-screws!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Although my sons were interested in setting the snares, they by no means approved of the new order to economize on ammunition.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • This is the first Christmas that we have not needed to economize.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • "But, at least," said Mrs. Shelby, "could not you give me some little insight into yours; a list of all your debts, at least, and of all that is owed to you, and let me try and see if I can’t help you to economize."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • At least Baby and I and the governess economized and Mother travelled.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It had never occurred to me until that moment that there was any need to economize them, and I had wasted almost half the box in astonishing the Upper-worlders, to whom fire was a novelty.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • It irritated her, but she was ashamed to confess it, and now and then she tried to console herself by buying something pretty, so that Sallie needn’t think she had to economize.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • When visitors came in larger and unexpected numbers there was but the third chair for them all, but they generally economized the room by standing up.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • So now my question is, what can you do to economize?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But Mortenson, stung by the quick depletion of his stack of rupees every time he paid another deposit, insisted on economizing.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • I economized in every way that I could think of—did my own washing, and went without necessary garments—but still I found my summer vacation ending and I did not have the sixteen dollars.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • He could not bring himself to consider, calculate, or economize.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • By half-past ten decorum demanded the front; until then Mrs. Glegg could economize it, and society would never be any the wiser.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He had a lively perception of his own unfortunate state, and was always rubbing his eyes with the sleeve of his jacket, or stooping to blow his nose on the extreme corner of a little pocket-handkerchief, which he never would take completely out of his pocket, but always economized and secreted.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • "What is the good of your mother and me economizing and stinting ourselves to give you a University education, if it is not to be used for the honour and glory of God?" his father repeated.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • She rented a big place and then settled in a space-economizing style, gathering and piling things around her.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He’s travelling second class; he’s been spending too much money of late, and feels the need to economize.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • For, you understand, too, that they really needed to live in India, to economize, to let the house at Branshaw Teleragh.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • I try to economize, but it just seems to evaporate.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I ought to formulate that peculiarity only at the end of my speech, but I will do so at the very beginning, for it is my weakness to go to work directly, not keeping my effects in reserve and economizing my material.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • They dined extravagantly at their hotel at night, and next morning sneaked round the corner to economize at a Childs’ Restaurant.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I could set about economizing in our way of living.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Theresa’s salary was barely enough; they were economizing less stringently than before, but still had to watch their expenses.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • I economize, Dick; I throw away everything I can’t use, and use everything I throw away.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • There is a powerful reason which usually induces democracies to economize upon the salaries of public officers.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • There was something in his quick, light brown eye which assured you that he was not economizing his consciousness.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • What we had to do now was economize further, go halves again, tough measures for tough times: two legs sufficed, so also with eyes, kidneys.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Well, I had a servant Nikifor who used to do everything for me in my quarters, economized and managed for me, and even laid hands on anything he could find (belonging to other people), in order to augment our household goods; but a faithful, honest fellow all the same.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • She promised herself she would economise in order to pay back later on.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Hendon followed, saying to himself, "An’ I were not travelling to death and judgment, and so must needs economise in sin, I would throttle this knave for his mock courtesy."
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • It seems likely, indeed, that I shall be able to economise at his own.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • …were shooting out in their motor cars on errands of mystery; and the shopkeepers were fidgeting in their windows with their paste and diamonds, their lovely old seagreen brooches in eighteenth-century settings to tempt Americans (but one must economise, not buy things rashly for Elizabeth), and she, too, loving it as she did with an absurd and faithful passion, being part of it, since her people were courtiers once in the time of the Georges, she, too, was going that very night to…
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • Leora was confessing to the friendly Mrs. Tredgold how cautiously the wife of an assistant director has to economize and with that caressing voice of hers Mrs. Tredgold comforted, "I know.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • This time he hadn’t… But he realized he had gained nothing by economizing—his belly called out to him to eat the bread at once, in the warmth.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • "We were economizing too," said Rosemary, realizing that the word meant different things to them.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The economizing of a gardener’s wages might perhaps have induced Mrs. Glegg to wink at this folly, if it were possible for a healthy female mind even to simulate respect for a husband’s hobby.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • In order to economize in every way possible, so as to be sure to reach Hampton in a reasonable time, I continued to sleep under the same sidewalk that gave me shelter the first night I was in Richmond.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Mrs. Tulliver could not economize enough to satisfy him, in their food and firing; and he would eat nothing himself but what was of the coarsest quality.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I’m economizing.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Helen continued to look for work, and to economize.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
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