monopolize

verb
mo·nop·o·lize | \mə-ˈnä-pə-ˌlīz \
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 \-ˌnä-pə-lə-ˈzā-shən \ noun
monopolizer \-ˈnä-pə-ˌlī-zər \ noun

Synonyms for monopolize

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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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At Greenpal, which matches homeowners with lawn care companies, co-founder Zach Hendrix has learned not all customers are a good fit and that a small percentage of unhappy customers can monopolize staffers’ time. Washington Post, "Hard to do: Businesses may need to break up with customers," 27 June 2018 In supporting the reversal of the driving ban, Prince Salman is treading through tricky territory, boldly overruling the clerics accustomed to monopolizing the realm of women’s conduct and defining what is permissible. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "Driving Toward Change," 23 June 2018 Its corporate and landowning oligarchs monopolize economic and political power, but the state’s ills are always laid at the feet of lower-class whites like Bob Ewell and his troubled daughter Mayella. Howell Raines, New York Times, "Harper Lee and Her Father, the Real Atticus Finch," 18 June 2018 At Greenpal, which matches homeowners with lawn care companies, co-founder Zach Hendrix has learned not all customers are a good fit and that a small percentage of unhappy customers can monopolize staffers' time. Joyce M. Rosenberg, USA TODAY, "Hard to do: Businesses may need to break up with slow-paying, irritating customers," 2 July 2018 For too long, that lane was monopolized by white women on Girls, or Two Broke Girls. refinery29.com, "Issa Rae Finally Got An Emmy Nod & I Can't Stop Crying," 12 July 2018 The president is a ratings-hound who considers the gravest responsibilities of his office to be irresistible opportunities to monopolize the nation's primetime attention. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 But the plaintiffs in the suit argue that Apple monopolized the distribution of the apps, not the apps themselves. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The Supreme Court Will Decide If Apple's App Store Is a Monopoly," 18 June 2018 Though Al Jazeera offered far more attention than did its Saudi competitor, Gaza by no means monopolized its agenda. Marc Lynch, Washington Post, "Why Gaza’s ‘March of Return’ isn’t dominating Arab headlines," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of monopolize

1601, in the meaning defined above

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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 \
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 \
monopolized; monopolizing

Legal Definition of monopolize 

: to get a monopoly of monopolize an industry

Other Words from monopolize

monopolization \-ˌnä-pə-lə-ˈzā-shən \ noun

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