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verb [transitive] economics monopolize pronunciation in British English /məˈnɒpəlaɪz/
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present tense
present participlemonopolizing
past tensemonopolized
past participlemonopolized
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  1. if a company monopolizes a particular business activity, it controls that activity by preventing other companies from being involved in it

    Their aim was to outdo other competitors and monopolize the market.

    1. a.
      to prevent other people from using something or being involved in something

      She complained he was monopolizing the lift.

    2. b.
      if you monopolize someone, you talk to them a lot and do not allow anyone else to talk to them

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 monopolize pronunciation in British English /məˌnɒpəlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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