monopolize

[ muh-nop-uh-lahyz ]
/ məˈnɒp əˌlaɪz /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for monopolize

monopolize

monopolise

/ (məˈnɒpəˌlaɪz) /

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 forms of monopolize

monopolization or monopolisation, nounmonopolizer or monopoliser, noun
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