Definition of monopoly
- no country has a monopoly on morality or truth
- —Helen M. Lynd
- had a monopoly on flint from their quarries
- —Barbara A. Leitch
- The government passed laws intended to break up monopolies.
The government passed laws intended to break up monopolies.
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First Known Use: 1534See Words from the same year
: complete control of the entire supply of goods or of a service in a certain area or market
: a large company that has a monopoly
: complete ownership or control of something
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