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"frugal" in British English

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frugaladjective

uk   us   /ˈfruː.ɡəl/
frugality
noun [U] uk   /fruːˈɡæl.ə.ti/  us   /-t̬i/
frugally
adverb uk   us   /-i/
We had very little ​money, so we ​ate frugally in ​cheapcafés.
(Definition of frugal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"frugal" in American English

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frugaladjective

 us   /ˈfru·ɡəl/
careful in ​spendingmoney: Lungren, a ​fiscalconservative when it comes to ​spendingtaxpayers’ ​money, is frugal in his ​personallife as well.
(Definition of frugal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"frugal" in Business English

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frugaladjective

uk   us   /ˈfruːɡəl/
careful to use only as much ​money, ​food, etc. as is necessary: He ​built up his ​savings by being very frugal. frugal habits/​living/​lifestyle frugal ​energy/water use
frugality
noun [U]
Will ​consumerspendingbounce back after the ​recession, or is there a new spirit of frugality?
frugally
adverb
It will become necessary to use the Earth's ​resources more frugally.
(Definition of frugal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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