monopolize

[muh-nop-uh-lahyz]
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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
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Examples from the Web for monopolizer

Contemporary Examples of monopolizer

  • On paper, the Chinese government became the monopolizer of legal ivory sales within its own country.

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    China’s Blood Ivory Bazaar

    Brendon Hong

    June 30, 2014


British Dictionary definitions for monopolizer

monopolize

monopolise

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 monopolizer

monopolize

v.

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

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