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monopolize

verb [T] uk (UK usually monopolise)   /məˈnɒp.əl.aɪz/ us    /-ˈnɑː.pə.laɪz/

monopolize verb [T] (BUSINESS)

in business, to control something completely and to prevent other people having any effect on what happens: The company had monopolized the photography market for so many decades that they didn't worry about competition from other companies.

monopolize verb [T] (PERSON/CONVERSATION)

If someone monopolizes a person or a conversation, they talk a lot or stop other people being involved: She completely monopolized the conversation at lunch.
monopolization
noun [U] uk (UK usually monopolisation)   /məˌnɒp.əl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ˌnɑː.pəl-/
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