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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.
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 monopolized
  • Truth and understanding are not such wares as to be monopolized and traded in by tickets and statutes and standards.
  • Nuclear power is, by it's nature, a monopolized resource.
  • The bottom line is that if these products could be patented and monopolized, they would be.
  • On the other side, professional football is also monopolized by those who have rich and powerful parents.
  • At the same time, educational materials have been monopolized by school.
  • If the process is monopolized by an attending physician, the resident's training will suffer.
  • They monopolized all of the positions of power and authority.
  • Meanwhile, the state-owned foreign-trade corporations monopolized foreign trade.
  • Some critics felt that the poetry monopolized everything.
  • Solar energy can be matched thermodynamically to end uses, has unlimited possibilities for expansion, and cannot be monopolized.
British Dictionary definitions for monopolized


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 monopolized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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