mo·​nop·​o·​list | \ mə-ˈnä-pə-list How to pronounce monopolist (audio) \

Definition of monopolist

: a person who monopolizes

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Other Words from monopolist

monopolistic \ mə-​ˌnä-​pə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce monopolistic (audio) \ adjective
monopolistically \ mə-​ˌnä-​pə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce monopolistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of monopolist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Robust antitrust enforcement hobbles potential monopolists. The Economist, "L’industrie, c’est eux Europe is rediscovering its penchant for statist intervention," 18 Jan. 2020 Within a few decades, however, the monopolists were back, and Americans lost sight of their once-proud anti-monopoly tradition. Benjamin C. Waterhouse, Washington Post, "A history of America’s fight against monopolies," 6 Dec. 2019 The friendly guy who professed his love of Kazuo Ishiguro novels and had created a cool new way to buy books was now seen in some quarters as an enemy of literary culture and a successor to the monopolist Rockefeller. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 Two years ago, a Yale Law School student published what became an influential paper about how antitrust law should apply to one of America’s superstar technology companies, which don’t fit the conventional mold of Standard Oil monopolists. Washington Post, "Facebook Grew Too Big to Care About Privacy," 21 Feb. 2019 Some in the party are denouncing Facebook and other Internet giants as dangerous monopolists, while among presidential candidates, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for antitrust action to break up Big Tech., "“It’s a necessity of politics that you be on Facebook now,” said Matt Corridoni, press secretary to US Representative Seth Moulton’s unsuccessful presidential run. “Republicans are doing the same thing.”," 12 Sep. 2019 Ironically, the game that Magie invented was anti-monopolist in sentiment. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A New Monopoly Celebrates Women. But What About the Game’s Own Overlooked Inventor?," 12 Sep. 2019 The only way to make progress is by landing pointed blows, particularly against the party elites and their bank accounts (which are reliant on party-owned, nepotistic, monopolist companies). Chen Guangcheng, Twin Cities, "Chen Guangcheng: Trump has the right strategy on Beijing. As a Chinese dissident, I’d know.," 5 Sep. 2019 In the Microsoft case, the government was able to fashion traditional antitrust law to the digital age, by obtaining enough evidence and casting the company as a bullying monopolist. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "5 Lessons From Microsoft’s Antitrust Woes, by People Who Lived It," 23 June 2019

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Monopolist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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