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Definition of monopolize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    monopolize

     verb
    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//məˈnɒpəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɑːpəlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they monopolize
    BrE BrE//məˈnɒpəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɑːpəlaɪz//
     
    he / she / it monopolizes
    BrE BrE//məˈnɒpəlaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɑːpəlaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple monopolized
    BrE BrE//məˈnɒpəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɑːpəlaɪzd//
     
    past participle monopolized
    BrE BrE//məˈnɒpəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɑːpəlaɪzd//
     
    -ing form monopolizing
    BrE BrE//məˈnɒpəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɑːpəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1monopolize something to have or take control of the largest part of something so that other people are prevented from sharing it Men traditionally monopolized jobs in the printing industry. As usual, she completely monopolized the conversation.
  2. 2monopolize somebody to have or take a large part of somebody’s attention or time so that they are unable to speak to or deal with other people
  3. Extra examples Don’t let him monopolize you like he did at the last party. The Swedish market is currently monopolized by the state-owned telecoms company. The trainer should guide and advise but should never monopolize the situation.
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