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 The provision offers what critics have called a loophole that allowed some drug manufacturers to unfairly monopolize a market, causing consumers to pay higher prices. Ed Silverman, STAT, "House passes a bill to close a loophole in a law that gives drug makers ‘unfair’ monopolies," 18 Nov. 2020 Honey bees are extreme generalist foragers and monopolize floral resources, thus leading to exploitative competition—that is, where one species uses up a resource, not leaving enough to go around. Alison Mcafee, Scientific American, "The Problem with Honey Bees," 4 Nov. 2020 Ever since the Federalist Society’s founding in 1982, conservatives have worked unstintingly to monopolize a pivotal check on anti-majoritarian government run amok. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "Don’t Reboot the 2016 Horror Show," 23 Oct. 2020 That’s the result of two generations of letting monopolists monopolize. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Congress Unveils Its Plan to Curb Big Tech's Power," 6 Oct. 2020 Many merchants have complained that a lack of parking enforcement has allowed cars to monopolize prime parking spots. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego to resume giving parking tickets Oct. 15 after seven-month respite," 29 Sep. 2020 The Kentucky Republican, seeking a seventh term in the November election, was able to monopolize the time since his Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath, skipped the event. Bruce Schreiner And Piper Hudspeth Blackburn, Star Tribune, "McConnell rips McGrath, other Democrats at campaign forum," 31 Aug. 2020 As in humans, promiscuity and possessiveness can coexist: The nesting male aims to monopolize his partner’s matings, and that means running off rival males. National Geographic, "They may look goofy, but ostriches are nobody’s fool," 4 Aug. 2020 An analysis of the latest court filings from Altitude’s federal antitrust lawsuit — alleging a Comcast plan to monopolize sports programming in the region — illustrates the regional sports network’s slow-moving legal strategy. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Altitude/Comcast dispute: Worst-case scenario extends blackout well into the future," 28 Feb. 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 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for monopolize

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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