monopolize

[muh-nop-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), mo·nop·o·lized, mo·nop·o·liz·ing.
  1. to acquire, have, or exercise a monopoly of.
  2. to obtain exclusive possession of; keep entirely to oneself: Children monopolize one's time.
Also especially British, mo·nop·o·lise.

Origin of monopolize

First recorded in 1605–15; monopol(y) + -ize
Related formsmo·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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Examples from the Web for monopolization

Historical Examples of monopolization

  • Is there anything brotherly about a monopolization of the labor market?

  • All this is bound to lead to a monopolization of hosts and servers.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • It was in vain to prohibit by edict after edict the monopolization of land by the wealthy classes.

    Japan

    Various

  • Lady Ella had to interfere to prevent the monopolization of this centre by Phoebe and Daphne for their home work.

    Soul of a Bishop

    H. G. Wells

  • They feared the monopolization of agricultural lands and the evils of absentee ownership.


British Dictionary definitions for monopolization

monopolize

monopolise

verb (tr)
  1. to have, control, or make use of fully, excluding others
  2. to obtain, maintain, or exploit a monopoly of (a market, commodity, etc)
Derived Formsmonopolization or monopolisation, nounmonopolizer or monopoliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for monopolization

monopolize

v.

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

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