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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web That traditionally means the power bank will monopolize a phone cord, while the phone will require another to charge. Popular Science, "Power banks to charge your phone on the go," 25 June 2020 An emergency aid program meant for small businesses was monopolized by wealthier chains that had better relationships with banks. Los Angeles Times, "Column: It’s natural to long for an end to the coronavirus quarantine. But we should remember what it has shown us," 20 Apr. 2020 Social media video showed a throng of people surrounding a government food truck, after the authorities tried to monopolize the delivery of food. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Jordan eases lockdown after total curfew leads to chaos," 25 Mar. 2020 In the last few years, having monopolized the gay-dating app market in China, Blued has expanded to Mexico, Brazil and India. New York Times, "How a Dating App Helped a Generation of Chinese Come Out of the Closet," 5 Mar. 2020 Biden is trying to monopolize voters who disapprove of Trump. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "ANALYSIS: Without GOP defector leading ticket, Libertarians unlikely to 'spoil' Trump-Biden race," 24 May 2020 Big producers shouldn’t be allowed to monopolize storage, said Kirk Edwards, president and CEO of Latigo Petroleum in Midland. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Oil companies debate Texas production cut proposal," 15 Apr. 2020 Sure, multiplayer-heavy video games, like Fortnite and Call of Duty, tend to monopolize the buzz and attention. Matthew Gault, Time, "The Best Single-Player Video Games to Play Right Now," 9 Mar. 2020 But the virus all but ended the race, monopolizing the attention of voters and leaving Mr. Sanders no opportunity to forge ahead with even a symbolic bid. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Hello, What’s This? The Democrats Aren’t in Disarray," 14 Apr. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monopolize. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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monopolize

verb
How to pronounce monopolize (audio)

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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