Definition of monopolize in English:


Syllabification: mo·nop·o·lize
Pronunciation: /məˈnäpəˌlīz


[with object]
  • 1(Of an organization or group) obtain exclusive possession or control of (a trade, commodity, or service).
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    • That's free enterprise, not a violation of antitrust law, which is defined as a group monopolizing trade or commerce through unreasonable methods.
    • Company ships armed to fight pirates also defeated trading rivals and monopolized foreign trade.
    • This will contain sworn affidavits from a number of the country's largest cement wholesalers claiming that a small group of cement groups monopolises the Mexican market.
    corner, control, take over, gain control/dominance over
    archaic engross
  • 1.1Have or take the greatest share of: the bigger teams monopolize the most profitable sponsorships and TV deals
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    • A tiny fraction of the population monopolizes the lion's share of the resources that have been produced by the labor of the entire working population.
    • Ultimately, a state of affairs in which the top 10 percent monopolize the lion's share of society's resources is incompatible with democratic forms of rule.
    • With the two clubs monopolising the show in respective sections, the remaining participants had to rummage for the second best slots available.
    dominate, take over
    informal hog
  • 1.2Get or keep exclusively to oneself: Sophie monopolized the guest of honor for most of the evening
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    • It annoyed him to no end when I would do that, as he had now come to exclusively monopolize my time.
    • He suggested that football could be ruined, for many, if a small group of clubs monopolised all the talent.
    • Therefore, parasite chicks are reared alone, monopolizing all parental care from their host parents.
    take up all the attention of, keep to oneself
    informal tie up



Pronunciation: /məˌnäpələˈzāSHən/
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  • A current issue in many countries is the monopolisation of media by powerful interests, whether private or public.
  • Both trends resulted from states’ increasing monopolization and perfection of coercive means.
  • Further deregulation will only lead to monopolization.


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  • The only instances where interrupting is acceptable are when you need make an exit, if the conversation becomes uncomfortable - or if a monopolizer is holding forth.
  • They devote a chapter to states ruled by a monopolizer of power.
  • It posed as the monopolizer of all truth, and therefore it condemned all free thinking.

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