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 monopolize (audio) \ noun
monopolizer \ mə-​ˈnä-​pə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce monopolize (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 While Wall Street is seeking to monopolize that data, and cornering the human genome, some companies are seeking to democratize and decentralize genomic data markets. Stewart Southey, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 But for some developing countries, the impasse is also emblematic of the ways in which wealthy countries, where many major pharmaceutical companies are based, were primed from the start to monopolize vaccine supplies. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2021 The difficult co-worker who tends to monopolize conversations, dismiss input from others and make decisions without considering all the facts. Caroline Castrillon, Forbes, 11 May 2021 However, the government maintains control of all large industries and wholesale shops, and continues to monopolize health care, education, communications, and professional services. Néstor T. Carbonell, National Review, 12 Apr. 2021 Green smoothies are great and all, but no one type of food should monopolize the meaning of healthy eating. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 30 Mar. 2021 With his pledge, the Ducks could monopolize the top defensive end talent in the Pac-12 Conference footprint. oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2021 Last month, for example, a media company in West Virginia sued Google and Facebook, arguing that the tech companies had worked together to monopolize the digital ad market. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2021 And of course, invariably, there will be a couple of individuals who monopolize the chaotic discussions. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 2 Feb. 2021

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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 21 Jun. 2021.

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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 monopolize (audio) \ noun

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