Definition of economy in English:

economy

Line breaks: econ|omy
Pronunciation: /ɪˈkɒnəmi
 
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noun (plural economies)

1The state of a country or region in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services and the supply of money: he favours tax cuts to stimulate the economy
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  • The slowing global economy has weakened demand for Japan's high-technology exports, causing manufacturers to cut production and workers.
  • The global capitalist economy remains the most important transnational force in the world today.
  • Economically, coffee production came to dominate as Colombian insertion into the world market economy depended on this export commodity.
Synonyms
wealth, (financial) resources; financial system, financial state, financial management
1.1A particular system or stage of an economy: a free-market economy
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  • As always, it's a much neater and efficient system than a centralized economy.
  • Overnight, it could become the delivery system of the digital economy.
  • It was an arrangement that covered most people, but with Deng Xiaoping's move to a market economy, the system was doomed.
2 [mass noun] Careful management of available resources: fuel economy
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  • As well as excellent fuel economy it also allows the company driver to avoid the three per cent benefit in kind diesel surcharge.
  • In the auto-shift mode the system chooses the most logical gear for engine speed and fuel economy at any time.
  • GM estimates that direct injection can improve gas engine fuel economy by 10 percent.
2.1 [as modifier] Offering good value for money: an economy pack of soap flakes
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  • That included a huge family cauliflower for 99p and a pack of four rather than two economy kitchen towels.
  • Unlike most economy cars, four tall adults fit easily and comfortably into the Mazda3.
  • There are also a number of different economy rooms.
2.2Sparing or careful use of something: a technique based on economy of effort
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  • Skill, in any sport, is the ability of the player to execute a technique with economy of effort.
  • Despite his miss, Sheringham was still one of the better players in claret and blue, achieved, as always, with great economy of effort.
  • What marks out Benaud's commentary is not just his absolute economy of words, but his unerring eye for a story.
2.3 [count noun] (usually economies) A financial saving: there were many economies to be made by giving up our London offices
3 (also economy class) The cheapest class of air or rail travel: we flew economy
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  • Those travelling in the executive class will have to opt for any one of the three items being provided in the first class, while those travelling in the economy class will have an option of only two items.
  • Although he only has an economy class ticket he planks himself down in First Class and, despite the efforts of the steward, refuses to move.
  • Another year and she would move from flying economy class to business class.

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'management of material resources'): from French économie, or via Latin from Greek oikonomia 'household management', based on oikos 'house' + nemein 'manage'. Current senses date from the 17th century.

Phrases

economy of scale

A proportionate saving in costs gained by an increased level of production: mergers may lead to economies of scale
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  • They don't benefit from economies of scale because their costs increase as they grow.
  • It just needs to take market share, gain economies of scale, and grow profitably.
  • Where there were few opportunities for economies of scale in production, brands had little role to play.

economy of scope

A proportionate saving gained by producing two or more distinct goods, when the cost of doing so is less than that of producing each separately.
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  • They interpret the negative results for bidders to mean that any benefits from economies of scope in the acquisitions are totally reflected in the offering prices banks paid to target firms.
  • To the extent that a pair of business lines shares economies of scope, standard economic theory suggests that they will be combined.
  • On the other hand, the Samsung network has a long way to go in order to create a significant advantage deriving from the economies of scope expected from such networking.

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