monopolize

verb
mo·​nop·​o·​lize | \ mə-ˈnä-pə-ˌlīz How to pronounce monopolize (audio) \
monopolized; monopolizing

Definition of monopolize

transitive verb

: to get a monopoly of : assume complete possession or control of monopolize a conversation

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Other Words from monopolize

monopolization \ mə-​ˌnä-​pə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce monopolization (audio) \ noun
monopolizer \ mə-​ˈnä-​pə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce monopolizer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for monopolize

Synonyms

sew up

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Examples of monopolize in a Sentence

He's always monopolizing the conversation. The company has monopolized the market for computer operating systems. One group monopolized the camping area, taking almost all of the campsites.
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American officials have pressed allies in Europe and elsewhere not to let Huawei monopolize telecommunications infrastructure, portraying the company as a serial violator of U.S. laws and global business practices. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Chinese Investment in Israel Raises Security Fears," 11 Feb. 2019 And then there is the alarm over the richest orchestra in America and maybe anywhere monopolizing the local music scene. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "How the L.A. Phil centennial season delivered on the promise of unprecedented goods," 20 June 2019 Critics accused the Brotherhood of using violence against opponents and seeking to monopolize power and Islamize the state. Samy Magdy, BostonGlobe.com, "Egypt’s ousted President Morsi buried after courtroom death," 18 June 2019 Critics accused the Brotherhood of using violence against opponents and seeking to monopolize power and Islamize the state. Samy Magdy, chicagotribune.com, "Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi, ousted in 2013, dies in court while on trial, family says," 17 June 2019 Critics accused the Brotherhood of using violence against opponents and seeking to monopolize power and Islamize the state. Samy Magdy, Anchorage Daily News, "Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi dies in court while facing trial," 17 June 2019 It’s hard to see people monopolize a situation like this and grow a name for themselves out of this after such a terrible thing. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Concerns, Controversy Surround the Planned Construction of a Memorial and Museum at Pulse Nightclub, Site of 2016 Mass Shooting," 13 June 2019 Platforms had a tendency to monopolize certain activities, benefitting from the network effects generated by large user bases. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The ‘Platform’ Excuse Is Dying," 11 June 2019 The result is our modern economy, and the problem with such an economy is that income inequality between firms is similar to income inequality between individuals: A select few monopolize the gains, while many fall increasingly behind. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Do the Biggest Companies Keep Getting Bigger? It’s How They Spend on Tech," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of monopolize

1601, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monopolize was in 1601

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monopolize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of monopolize

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

monopolize

verb
mo·​nop·​o·​lize | \ mə-ˈnä-pə-ˌlīz How to pronounce monopolize (audio) \
monopolized; monopolizing

Kids Definition of monopolize

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

monopolize

transitive verb
mo·​nop·​o·​lize | \ mə-ˈnä-pə-ˌlīz How to pronounce monopolize (audio) \
monopolized; monopolizing

Legal Definition of monopolize

: to get a monopoly of monopolize an industry

Other Words from monopolize

monopolization \ -​ˌnä-​pə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce monopolization (audio) \ noun

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