- trademark a board game for two to six players who throw dice to advance their tokens around a board, the object being to acquire the property on which their tokens land
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Businessthe exclusive and complete control (as by a business) of a product, service, or invention that makes it possible to control prices: [uncountable]the power of monopoly over the oil industry.[countable]a virtual monopoly of machinery.
- the exclusive possession or control of something:[countable]He doesn't have a monopoly on brain power.
- Business a company or group that has such control:[countable]He ran a monopoly in the shipping business.
mo•nop•o•li•za•tion /məˌnɑpəlɪˈzeɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]the monopolization of his attentions.
- Businessexclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices. Cf. duopoly, oligopoly.
- Businessan exclusive privilege to carry on a business, traffic, or service, granted by a government.
- the exclusive possession or control of something.
- something that is the subject of such control, as a commodity or service.
- Businessa company or group that has such control.
- Businessthe market condition that exists when there is only one seller.
- Games(cap.) a board game in which a player attempts to gain a monopoly of real estate by advancing around the board and purchasing property, acquiring capital by collecting rent from other players whose pieces land on that property.
- Greek monopó̄lion right of exclusive sale, equivalent. to mono- mono- + pōl(eîn) to sell + -ion noun, nominal suffix
- Latin monopōlium
- exclusive control of the market supply of a product or service
- an enterprise exercising this control
- the product or service so controlled
- the exclusive right or privilege granted to a person, company, etc, by the state to purchase, manufacture, use, or sell some commodity or to carry on trade in a specified country or area
- exclusive control, possession, or use of something
moˈnopolism n moˈnopolist n moˌnopoˈlistic adj