monopolize

verb mo·nop·o·lize \ mə-ˈnä-pə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of monopolize

monopolized; monopolizing
: to get a monopoly of : assume complete possession or control of
  • monopolize a conversation

monopolization

play \-ˌnä-pə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

monopolizer

play \-ˈnä-pə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of monopolize in a Sentence

  1. He's always monopolizing the conversation.

  2. The company has monopolized the market for computer operating systems.

  3. One group monopolized the camping area, taking almost all of the campsites.

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First Known Use of monopolize

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MONOPOLIZE Defined for English Language Learners

monopolize

Definition of monopolize for English Language Learners

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


MONOPOLIZE Defined for Kids

monopolize

verb mo·nop·o·lize \ mə-ˈnä-pə-ˌlīz \

Definition of monopolize for Students

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

Law Dictionary

monopolize

transitive verb mo·nop·o·lize \ mə-ˈnä-pə-ˌlīz \

legal Definition of monopolize

monopolized; monopolizing
: to get a monopoly of
  • monopolize an industry

monopolization

play \-ˌnä-pə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


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