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monopolize

verb mo·nop·o·lize \mə-ˈnä-pə-ˌlīz\

: to take over and control (something or someone) completely : to use (something) in a way that prevents others from using it

mo·nop·o·lizedmo·nop·o·liz·ing

Full Definition of MONOPOLIZE

transitive verb
:  to get a monopoly of :  assume complete possession or control of <monopolize a conversation>
mo·nop·o·li·za·tion \-ˌnä-pə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
mo·nop·o·liz·er \-ˈnä-pə-ˌlī-zər\ noun
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Examples of MONOPOLIZE

  1. He's always monopolizing the conversation.
  2. The company has monopolized the market for computer operating systems.
  3. One group monopolized the camping area, taking almost all of the campsites.

First Known Use of MONOPOLIZE

1611
MONOPOLIZER Defined for Kids

monopolize

verb mo·nop·o·lize \mə-ˈnä-pə-ˌlīz\
mo·nop·o·lizedmo·nop·o·liz·ing

Definition of MONOPOLIZE for Kids

:  to get or have complete control over <My sister monopolized the conversation.>

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