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

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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 Small and big businesses, workers and creators are being squeezed by monopolists who use their market power to extract the fruits of everyone else's labor. Sally Hubbard For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Monopolies are killing the American Dream. We must keep them in check," 1 July 2019 Yes, as a group, an oligopoly will be better off if companies cooperate to act as a single monopolist. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Playing monopoly is more than just rolling the dice," 16 June 2019 The exchanges have denied overcharging for data or acting as monopolists, and are expected to ask a federal appeals court to overturn the SEC’s decision. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "SEC Ruling Takes Aim at Stock-Exchange Profits," 16 Oct. 2018 What Facebook is really asking for is to be embraced and protected as America’s very own social media monopolist, bravely doing battle overseas. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers," 11 Dec. 2018 The challenges are not, a company that does A challenges the monopolist who does A. The challenge is a company who does B, has a total different approach to solving a problem ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 The commission could hamstring the monopolists with regulation—perhaps appointing government monitors to oversee content reviews—and watch out if Elizabeth Warren is elected President. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Big Tech in the Dock," 5 Sep. 2018 In this view, there is no crime in being monopolist; the crime is in abusing that power. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Amazon Is a Giant. But Bigness Isn’t a Crime.," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of monopolist

1601, in the meaning defined above

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