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monopolize

[muh-nop-uh-lahyz] /məˈnɒp əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), monopolized, monopolizing.
1.
to acquire, have, or exercise a monopoly of.
2.
to obtain exclusive possession of; keep entirely to oneself:
Children monopolize one's time.
Also, especially British, monopolise.
Origin
1605-1615
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
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  • As soon as all males were armed, the cost of monopolizing a large number of females became a lot higher.
  • Controlling water sources was another means of monopolizing public land.
British Dictionary definitions for monopolizing

monopolize

/məˈnɒpəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to have, control, or make use of fully, excluding others
2.
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 monopolizing

monopolize

v.

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

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