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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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  • It's all very fine for you four to monopolize the stage and keep us out of it!

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
  • I cannot rob you of your maid and also be selfish enough to monopolize these rooms.

  • Both branches of the service were determined to monopolize whatever credit might ensue.

    The Story of Isaac Brock Walter R. Nursey
  • It was their dominion, and their prerogative therefore to monopolize them.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • He allowed me to monopolize him to the exclusion of every one else.

    The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty
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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