Definition of monopoly
1 : exclusive ownership through legal privilege, command of supply, or concerted action
2 : exclusive possession or control no country has a monopoly on morality or truth — Helen M. Lynd
3 : a commodity controlled by one party had a monopoly on flint from their quarries — Barbara A. Leitch
4 : one that has a monopoly The government passed laws intended to break up monopolies.
Examples of monopoly in a sentence
The government passed laws intended to break up monopolies.
Origin and Etymology of monopoly
Latin monopolium, from Greek monopōlion, from mon- + pōlein to sell
First Known Use: 1534
MONOPOLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of monopoly for English Language Learners
: 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
MONOPOLY Defined for Kids
Definition of monopoly for Students
1 : complete ownership or control of the entire supply of goods or a service in a certain market
2 : a person or group having complete control over something The laws are intended to prevent monopolies.
3 : complete ownership or control of something He thinks he has a monopoly on the truth.
Legal Definition of monopoly
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