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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
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Examples from the web for monopolize
  • They would monopolize food and energy production, while hiring private armies to provide security within their sphere of control.
  • People who monopolize the political resources can use them to exchange and monopolize economical resources in the marketplace.
  • State can't monopolize violence, then there is no rule of law, it's a rule by individuals.
  • While big mammals tend to monopolize tourists' attention, smaller organisms are of equal ecological importance.
  • Power programs monopolize spotlight in football, hoops.
  • In the future, there could be geopolitical implications when one country can possibly monopolize rainfall.
  • Oil companies are also positioning themselves to monopolize renewable energy, if they can.
  • He would monopolize her totally, to the exclusion of her brothers and sisters, and spend hours whispering to her.
  • The problem is that domestic political issues monopolize the electorate's interest and concern.
  • Don't let a for-profit company monopolize knowledge.
British Dictionary definitions for monopolize


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 monopolize

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

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