monopolize

[muh-nop-uh-lahyz]

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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Contemporary Examples of monopolizing

  • Moreover an EU investigation into monopolizing practices by Gazprom may force the Kremlin to review its whole energy strategy.

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    Russia’s Cynical Foreign Policy Play

    Peter Pomerantsev

    September 9, 2013

Historical Examples of monopolizing


British Dictionary definitions for monopolizing

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 monopolizing

monopolize

v.

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

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