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economical

adjective uk   /ˌiː.kəˈnɒm.ɪ.kəl/ /ek.ə-/ us    /-ˈnɑː.mɪ-/
B2 not using a lot of fuel, money, etc.: There's increasing demand for cars that are more economical on fuel. What's the most economical way of heating this building?
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in Korean 경제적인…
in Arabic اقْتِصادي, مُقْتَصِد…
in Portuguese econômico…
in Catalan econòmic…
in Japanese 経済的な…
in Italian economico…
in Chinese (Traditional) 經濟的, 省錢的, 節約的…
in Russian экономный…
in Turkish iktisatlı, hesaplı, ekonomik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 经济的, 省钱的, 节约的…
in Polish oszczędny, ekonomiczny…
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