Monopoly

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
mo•nop•o•ly /məˈnɑpəli/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -lies. 
  1. 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.
  2. the exclusive possession or control of something:[countable]He doesn't have a monopoly on brain power.
  3. Business a company or group that has such control:[countable]He ran a monopoly in the shipping business.
mo•nop•o•list, n. [countable]
mo•nop•o•lis•tic, adj. 
mo•nop•o•li•za•tion /məˌnɑpəlɪˈzeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]the monopolization of his attentions.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
mo•nop•o•ly  (mə nopə lē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -lies. 
  1. Businessexclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices. Cf.  duopoly, oligopoly. 
  2. Businessan exclusive privilege to carry on a business, traffic, or service, granted by a government.
  3. the exclusive possession or control of something.
  4. something that is the subject of such control, as a commodity or service.
  5. Businessa company or group that has such control.
  6. Businessthe market condition that exists when there is only one seller.
  7. 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.
mo•nopo•loid′, adj. 
  • Greek monopó̄lion right of exclusive sale, equivalent. to mono- mono- + pōl(eîn) to sell + -ion noun, nominal suffix
  • Latin monopōlium
  • 1525–35


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

Monopoly /məˈnɒpəlɪ/ n
  1. 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



monopoly /məˈnɒpəlɪ/ n ( pl -lies)
  1. exclusive control of the market supply of a product or service
  2. an enterprise exercising this control
  3. the product or service so controlled
  4. 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
  5. exclusive control, possession, or use of something
Etymology: 16th Century: from Late Latin, from Greek monopōlion, from mono- + pōlein to sell

moˈnopolism n moˈnopolist n moˌnopoˈlistic adj



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