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[ 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.


/ məˈnɒpəˌlaɪz /


  1. to have, control, or make use of fully, excluding others
  2. to obtain, maintain, or exploit a monopoly of (a market, commodity, etc)
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Derived Forms

  • moˈnopoˌlizer, noun
  • moˌnopoliˈzation, noun
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Other Words From

  • mo·nopo·li·zation noun
  • mo·nopo·lizer noun
  • anti·mo·nopo·li·zation adjective
  • over·mo·nopo·lize verb (used with object) overmonopolized overmonopolizing
  • premo·nopo·lize verb (used with object) premonopolized premonopolizing
  • unmo·nopo·lized adjective
  • unmo·nopo·lizing adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of monopolize1

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

The company behind Cydia, an iPhone app store that launched before Apple's own App Store, has sued Apple arguing that Apple has monopolized the market for iOS app stores, violating antitrust law in the process.

It simply makes it illegal to monopolize or attempt to monopolize “any part of the trade or commerce” between the states or with foreign countries.

From Fortune

Antitrust experts reviewing the complaints seized on familiar issues that have bedeviled antitrust scrutiny of technology companies for years, starting with the uncertainty over what market, exactly, Facebook is monopolizing.

Google has also monopolized online search advertisements, according to the lawsuit.

That’s the result of two generations of letting monopolists monopolize.

“This pyramid monster hotel will monopolize all the business in the city,” CEO Reto Wittwer said.

So the only way to survive is to monopolize more of the market and up-sell subscribers just as Comcast-Time Warner Cable will do.

Should you give up in despair that this is one more thing the rich have managed to monopolize?

Yet no one has ever been able to monopolize any of the innovations that have periodically roiled the game.

Foremost among them is the Chinese communist oligarchy, with its determination to monopolize political power in China.

He was very attentive to both girls, neither of whom showed any desire to monopolize his society.

It is the mission of art to add to its stores, without hoping to monopolize the whole realm.

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

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

Angels and blessed spirits shall not monopolize the strain of gratitude and acknowledgment.


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