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

Other Words from monopolize

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

Synonyms for monopolize


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Wiens claims companies like Harley-Davidson, Apple and Microsoft monopolize the supply chain by designing products that prevent users from being able to easily repair them. Corrinne Hess, Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2022 As portrayed here and elsewhere, Parker was a self-serving con man who monopolized the star’s artistic and personal freedom and now gets to monopolize the retelling of his life. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2022 But Boeing and Lockheed have watched as SpaceX first used the Falcon 9 to take over the market for vehicles to launch satellites and space probes, and then used the Dragon capsule to monopolize human spaceflight to orbit in the US. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 24 Feb. 2022 TikTok’s design, which throws users headlong into an immersive, endless stream of snappy content, is designed to monopolize attention. Chris Stokel-walker, Wired, 1 Mar. 2022 Neither team was able to monopolize the lead for long, though. New York Times, 28 Mar. 2022 The theory, which explains how nature resets cognition, relies in part on the concept of surrounding activity that occupies your attention but doesn’t monopolize it — activity such as a gentle wind. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 These issues are all crucial for a seamless user experience, but there is no company better suited to tackle them, bring trust to NFTs, and monopolize video tokenization than YouTube. Daniel Yurcho, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2022 The true Web3 winners will be the ones that monopolize on blockchain technology with Fun gameplay. Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'monopolize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of monopolize

1601, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About monopolize

Time Traveler for monopolize

Time Traveler

The first known use of monopolize was in 1601

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near monopolize

monopolistic competition



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for monopolize

Last Updated

18 Jul 2022

Cite this Entry

“Monopolize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for monopolize


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.


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 monopolize (audio) \ noun

More from Merriam-Webster on monopolize

Nglish: Translation of monopolize for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of monopolize for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!