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.

Nearby words

  1. monopole,
  2. monopolism,
  3. monopolist,
  4. monopolistic,
  5. monopolistic competition,
  6. monopoly,
  7. monopolylogue,
  8. monopropellant,
  9. monoprotic,
  10. monopsony

Also especially British, mo·nop·o·lise.

Origin of monopolize

First recorded in 1605–15; monopol(y) + -ize

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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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