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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
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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  • The foreigner underbids him, monopolizing most of the brute labor of our large towns and internal improvements.

  • He smiled and added, "I should be monopolizing the time which belongs to your company."

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • Just now Selby is monopolizing the field of American fiction.

    A Fortnight of Folly Maurice Thompson
  • She will have it that he is jealous and monopolizing, and that he distrusts her.

    Our Bessie Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Not a party springs up, which does not sanctify all its projects for monopolizing power by the plea of General Good.

    Slavery William E. Channing
  • And to the mind, too, that conceived the idea of seizing and monopolizing it as a title.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The natural distribution of, deranged by monopolizing systems, 261.

  • If dad requires all the dots I'm sure Jack is monopolizing the dashes.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • She criticizes her former friend for this monopolizing, which she considers 'dangerous.'

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
British Dictionary definitions for monopolizing


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 monopolizing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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