an exclusive privilege to carry on a business, traffic, or service, granted by a government.
the exclusive possession or control of something.
something that is the subject of such control, as a commodity or service.
a company or group that has such control.
the market condition that exists when there is only one seller.
(initial capital letter) a board game in which a player attempts to gain a monopoly of real estate by advancing around the board and purchasing property, acquiring capital by collecting rent from other players whose pieces land on that property.
- mo·nop·o·loid, adjective
- an·ti·mo·nop·o·ly, adjective
- pre·mo·nop·o·ly, noun, plural pre·mo·nop·o·lies, adjective
- pro·mo·nop·o·ly, adjective
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How to use monopoly in a sentence
Joel Klein hates monopolies, but he really loves the private sector.
But, again, companies accustomed to having monopolies rarely innovate.Why Would Comcast Improve When It Could Buy Time Warner Cable Instead? | Daniel Gross | February 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Goldwater co-chairs a campaign to “stand up to utility monopolies to ensure solar energy remains strong in America.”
The left has been ceded a monopoly on caring about black people, and monopolies are dangerous.
For starters, she notes, Big Energy—especially utility monopolies like Georgia Power—have too much centralized power.The Green Tea Party: Debbie Dooley Battles Big Energy | Michelle Cottle | September 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Regular taxation, monopolies, mortgages, and loans barely sufficed to provide for the budget.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The tablet should bear that memorable sentence of yours on the first day of your examination, “All monopolies are bad.”East Anglia | J. Ewing Ritchie
Under this system monopolies were common, and among them few were more important than that of the East India Company.
Monopolies, under the name of patents, have been devised to assist and reward those who have chosen the line of pecuniary profit.Decline of Science in England | Charles Babbage
It is not the fault of Conservation that there are extremes in combinations, resulting in trusts or monopolies.
British Dictionary definitions for monopoly (1 of 2)
exclusive control of the market supply of a product or service
an enterprise exercising this control
the product or service so controlled
law the exclusive right or privilege granted to a person, company, etc, by the state to purchase, manufacture, use, or sell some commodity or to carry on trade in a specified country or area
exclusive control, possession, or use of something
- monopolism, noun
- monopolist, noun
- monopolistic, adjective
- monopolistically, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for Monopoly (2 of 2)
trademark a board game for two to six players who throw dice to advance their tokens around a board, the object being to acquire the property on which their tokens land
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Cultural definitions for monopoly
The exclusive control by one company of a service or product.
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