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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Ingram will have plenty of time to monopolize the ball in Zion Williamson’s rookie year, though. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Rookie-Scale Extension Watch: Will Pascal Siakam Land a Big Payday?," 15 Aug. 2019 Spending time with a friend or relative who infringes on your privacy or monopolizes your time should be limited. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Sept. 15, 2019," 15 Sep. 2019 In a sweeping opinion, the judge concluded that a California chip maker, Qualcomm, violated U.S. antitrust law by unlawfully monopolizing the market for certain wireless telecommunications chips. Christine Wilson, WSJ, "A Court’s Dangerous Antitrust Overreach," 28 May 2019 Rozette Rago for The New York Times John Goodman didn’t set out to monopolize your television viewing. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "John Goodman Was a Man Without a Series. Now He’s Everywhere.," 16 Aug. 2019 Maintaining the illusion of choice If Google has monopolized our access to information, Amazon’s fast-growing advertising business is now shaping what products consumers are actually given to choose from. Tim O'reilly, Quartz, "Antitrust regulators are using the wrong tools to break up Big Tech," 17 July 2019 Critics accused the Brotherhood of seeking to monopolize power, enshrine an Islamist constitution and using violence against opponents, and soon massive protests grew against their rule. Time, "Egypt's Former President Mohammed Morsi Dies in Court During Trial," 17 June 2019 The director has never been married, previously explaining that work monopolizes his time. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Quentin Tarantino and Wife Daniella Expecting Their First Child: We Are 'Very Delighted'," 21 Aug. 2019 Still, Biden is hardly monopolizing support among Iowa Democrats who were key to Obama’s breakout victory. Los Angeles Times, "Iowa could be make or break for Joe Biden. It broke him last time.," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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