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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for monopolize

Contemporary Examples of monopolize

Historical Examples of monopolize

  • I cannot rob you of your maid and also be selfish enough to monopolize these rooms.

  • It enabled him to monopolize almost everything else that was pleasant or superb.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • It was their dominion, and their prerogative therefore to monopolize them.

  • The aristocracy of office endeavours to monopolize the State-machine.

    The New Society

    Walther Rathenau

  • Harry did not monopolize the Tristram blood or the Tristram pride.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

British Dictionary definitions for monopolize



verb (tr)

to have, control, or make use of fully, excluding others
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 monopolize

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

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