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[muh-nop-uh-lahyz] /məˈnɒp əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), monopolized, monopolizing.
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, monopolise.
Origin of monopolize
1605-15; monopol(y) + -ize
Related forms
monopolization, noun
monopolizer, noun
antimonopolization, adjective
overmonopolize, verb (used with object), overmonopolized, overmonopolizing.
premonopolize, verb (used with object), premonopolized, premonopolizing.
unmonopolized, adjective
unmonopolizing, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for monopolise
Historical Examples
  • He probably is with your papa or mamma, dear,” observed the governess; “it is scarcely fair to wish to monopolise his society.

    Digby Heathcote W.H.G. Kingston
  • They monopolise the telephone, and are in great request as compositors.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • One only knows them apart by their paint, their tonnage, or the name of the particular set of financiers who monopolise them.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • And, having reached remorse, he allowed that to monopolise him.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • They monopolise to themselves, in full plenitude, fourteen articles of the Constitution, from Article 19 to Article 33.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • She has no right to monopolise the beauties of both complexions.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • The winner of the race is apt to monopolise the glory, though he wins only by a hair's breadth.

    Social Rights And Duties Leslie Stephen
  • The watchers who remain in the sanctuary do not monopolise its blessings.

  • It is the married men who monopolise all the vice and improprieties of life.

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • Well, when he comes back, you mustn't expect to monopolise Bernadette.

    A Young Man's Year Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for monopolise


verb (transitive)
to have, control, or make use of fully, excluding others
to obtain, maintain, or exploit a monopoly of (a market, commodity, etc)
Derived Forms
monopolization, monopolisation, noun
monopolizer, monopoliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for monopolise



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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