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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of economise.


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  • Books and food should never be "economised" on, and it's better to get small amounts of very good stuff than large amounts of rubbish.

    The Idler

  • Towards the end, Alice fights the Jabberwocky Burton seems to have economised by borrowing animation from Harry Potter and goes home having chopped off its head and drunk its blood.

    Guardian young arts critic competition: 2010 winning entries

  • (Sample size = those who economised, multiple answer)

    Getting motivated at work

  • Q3: For each of the following spending categories, compared with last year how much have your or your family economised?

    Mouse handedness

  • Not surprisingly, the lower the salary, the more people economised.

    Japanese weddings: What there should be more and less of

  • Q5: To economise on your spending on evening meals changed, have you not just economised on shopping, but also been cooking economical menus?

    Japanese weddings: What there should be more and less of

  • Expenses in the city were to be economised, and they were to choose a council of the elder men, who should advise together, and lay before the people the measures which from time to time might be required.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Today the three-bedroom house, near Baldock, sports a thick roof of thatch; but in Orwell's time the owner, a Mr Dearman, had economised by re-roofing the then two-bedroom house in corrugated iron sheets, which created a thunderous roar whenever it rained.

    At the gates of Animal Farm

  • He saved the juice from his French plums, bottled it in an empty medicine bottle, and provisioned the raft with the rum that it became; also with pemmican made out of little saved-up bits of chicken sat on and dried at the fire; and with lime juice against scurvy, extracted from the peel of his oranges and a little economised juice.


  • This vacuum economised the graphite points between which the luminous arc was developed — an important point of economy for Captain Nemo, who could not easily have replaced them; and under these conditions their waste was imperceptible.

    Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea


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