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[muh-nop-uh-lahyz] /məˈnɒp əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), monopolized, monopolizing.
to acquire, have, or exercise a monopoly of.
to obtain exclusive possession of; keep entirely to oneself:
Children monopolize one's time.
Also, especially British, monopolise.
Origin of monopolize
First recorded in 1605-15; monopol(y) + -ize
Related forms
monopolization, noun
monopolizer, noun
antimonopolization, adjective
overmonopolize, verb (used with object), overmonopolized, overmonopolizing.
premonopolize, verb (used with object), premonopolized, premonopolizing.
unmonopolized, adjective
unmonopolizing, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for monopolize
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  • I cannot rob you of your maid and also be selfish enough to monopolize these rooms.

  • It enabled him to monopolize almost everything else that was pleasant or superb.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • It was their dominion, and their prerogative therefore to monopolize them.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • The aristocracy of office endeavours to monopolize the State-machine.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • Harry did not monopolize the Tristram blood or the Tristram pride.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for monopolize


verb (transitive)
to have, control, or make use of fully, excluding others
to obtain, maintain, or exploit a monopoly of (a market, commodity, etc)
Derived Forms
monopolization, monopolisation, noun
monopolizer, monopoliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for monopolize

1610s; see monopoly + -ize. Figurative use from 1620s. Related: Monopolized; monopolizing; monopolization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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