[ muh-nop-uh-lahyz ]
/ məˈnɒp əˌlaɪz /
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verb (used with object), mo·nop·o·lized, mo·nop·o·liz·ing.
to acquire, have, or exercise a monopoly of.
to obtain exclusive possession of; keep entirely to oneself: Children monopolize one's time.
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Also especially British, mo·nop·o·lise .
Origin of monopolize
First recorded in 1605–15; monopol(y) + -ize
OTHER WORDS FROM monopolize
mo·nop·o·li·za·tion, nounmo·nop·o·liz·er, nounan·ti·mo·nop·o·li·za·tion, adjectiveo·ver·mo·nop·o·lize, verb (used with object), o·ver·mo·nop·o·lized, o·ver·mo·nop·o·liz·ing.
pre·mo·nop·o·lize, verb (used with object), pre·mo·nop·o·lized, pre·mo·nop·o·liz·ing.un·mo·nop·o·lized, adjectiveun·mo·nop·o·liz·ing, adjective
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How to use monopolize in a sentence
Normandy, which monopolised the glory, was to monopolise the spoil.The History of England|T.F. Tout
I shall monopolise a good deal of your time, and I fancy they intend to be rather gay here.The Californians|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
But they cannot partake of a part of greatness, for that will not make them great, etc.; nor can each object monopolise the whole.Parmenides|Plato
There will be moonlight there, and those people will monopolise the terrace when they have finished dinner.Adam Johnstone's Son|F. Marion Crawford
The Old Gang made no attempt to monopolise the Executive by running a full ticket.The History of the Fabian Society|Edward R. Pease
British Dictionary definitions for monopolize
/ (məˈnɒpəˌlaɪz) /
to have, control, or make use of fully, excluding others
to obtain, maintain, or exploit a monopoly of (a market, commodity, etc)
Derived forms of monopolizemonopolization or monopolisation, nounmonopolizer or monopoliser, noun
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