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

Synonyms for monopolize

Synonyms

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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 the same time, his behavior over Vantablack, the groundbreaking black pigment he’s monopolizing, has been selfish and childish. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Which artists should SpaceX send to the Moon?," 18 Sep. 2018 Still, espionage dramas have long been monopolized by men both on-screen and off. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Killing Eve Is Made for Women By Women, and It Shows," 8 Apr. 2019 Uganda’s main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change, has long been interested in unseating Museveni but dismissed the upcoming talks as a waste of time in a country where the president monopolizes political power. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave," 17 Dec. 2018 Another issue is with high-speed trains, where the two companies again would almost monopolize the European market. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Europe’s Planned Rail Deal to Rival China Hits Regulatory Roadblocks," 31 Oct. 2018 What’s interesting, though, is that Amazon clearly perceives this political threat to come from the left even though the right currently monopolizes political power in the United States. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Why Amazon is fighting for $15," 3 Oct. 2018 So that’s why OpenAI was created as a nonprofit foundation, to ensure that AI power ... or to reduce the probability that AI power would be monopolized. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Recode Decode," 2 Nov. 2018 If two people are monopolizing a meeting, teammates should think about turning to those who have been quiet and asking them to share their input. Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Philly.com, "What one start-up did when it got called out for being too white," 28 May 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. Washington Post, "Hard to do: Businesses may need to break up with customers," 27 June 2018

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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

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 monopolization (audio) \ noun

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