Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To acquire or maintain a monopoly of.
  • transitive v. To dominate by excluding others: monopolized the conversation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To have a monopoly on something
  • v. To dominate or to get total control of something by excluding everyone else

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To acquire a monopoly of; to have or get the exclusive privilege or means of dealing in, or the exclusive possession of; to engross the whole of

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To obtain a monopoly of; have an exclusive right of trading in: as, to monopolize all the corn in a district.
  • To obtain or engross the whole of; obtain exclusive possession of.
  • Also spelled monopolise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have and control fully and exclusively
  • v. have or exploit a monopoly of

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Cuomo said he is targeting people who "monopolize" overtime shifts and other "special payments" in their final years of employment to boost their annual income.

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  • Gilmore is concerned that Google / EarthLink will be allowed to track users across the network with a high degree of granularity and "monopolize" the Wi-Fi airwaves.

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  • He accused the West of trying to "monopolize" the nuclear fuel supply by rejecting Iranian offers to buy fuel rods for its research reactor and then by making conditions on the uranium swap.

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  • Well, yeah, Touhou did kind of monopolize the whole Shrine Miko thing, complete with armpits and whatnot.

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  • Friday criticized the world's declared nuclear powers for trying to "monopolize" nuclear technology and prevent its civilian use by other nations. "

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  • If the very rich can use their power to monopolize wealth today and a prosperous middle class disappears, then the disappearance of demand will force even the wealthiest to suffer a sharply reduced style of life.

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  • The United States of America is not a Republic anymore, because its public has allowed a two-party tyranny to monopolize both the debate and the funds that we provide.

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  • Furthermore, I get uncomfortable when private companies monopolize water, electricity, communications etc.

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  • I managed to post one last review via a friend's computer, (I'd e-mailed it to myself the night before and so had it stored somewhere accessible), but I didn't want to monopolize the thing.

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  • Smith urged the liberated colonies to produce primary products for export and to import superior British manufactures, and certainly not to attempt to monopolize crucial goods, particularly cotton.

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