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 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, "Cuba Remains a Threat," 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, "Introducing SELF Magazine's Healthy Eating Trailblazers," 30 Mar. 2021 With his pledge, the Ducks could monopolize the top defensive end talent in the Pac-12 Conference footprint. oregonlive, "Cyrus Moss, nation’s No. 5 defensive end, places Oregon Ducks in top 11," 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, "Big Tech’s Next Big Problem Could Come From People Like ‘Mr. Sweepy’," 16 Feb. 2021 And of course, invariably, there will be a couple of individuals who monopolize the chaotic discussions. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Friendship has great benefits, but little luck," 2 Feb. 2021 Matt doesn’t apologize to Katie for allowing Sarah to sit down and monopolize his time on a group date she was not invited to. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Is Matt James Already Pulling A Peter Weber On The Bachelor?," 19 Jan. 2021 Republic also holds the top three for the third time in less than three months, and remains the only label to monopolize the top three since 2003, when Interscope pulled off the feat. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Republic Records Marks Milestone Week on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 20 Jan. 2021 The first can allow economic elites to monopolize wealth and power, the second can allow political elites to do the same. James K. Boyce, Scientific American, "The Case for ‘Universal Property’," 28 Nov. 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 17 May. 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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