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economy

noun uk   /ɪˈkɒn.ə.mi/ us    /-ˈkɑː.nə-/

economy noun (SYSTEM)

B2 [C] the system of trade and industry by which the wealth of a country is made and used: the global economy the German/US economy the state of the economy a weak/strong economy Tourism contributes millions of pounds to the local economy.
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economy noun (SAVING MONEY)

[C or U] the intentional saving of money or, less commonly, the saving of time, energy, words, etc.: They've had to make economies since Nathan lost his job. This can be done by machines with more speed and economy. She writes with such economy - I've never known a writer say so much in so few words.
Translations of “economy”
in Spanish economía…
in Arabic اقْتِصاد…
in Korean 경제…
in Portuguese economia…
in Catalan economia…
in Japanese (国などの)経済…
in Chinese (Simplified) 制度, 经济, 经济制度…
in Russian экономика, экономия…
in Chinese (Traditional) 制度, 經濟, 經濟制度…
in Italian economia…
in Turkish ekonomi, iktisat, tutumluluk…
in Polish gospodarka, oszczędność…
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