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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Housewife  \House"wife`\,  Housewive  \House"wive`\,  v.  t. 
  To  manage  with  skill  and  economy,  as  a  housewife  or  other 
  female  manager;  to  economize. 
  Conferred  those  moneys  on  the  nuns,  which  since  they 
  have  well  housewived.  --Fuller.