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oligopoly

noun [C or U]
 
 
/ˌɒliˈɡɒpəli/ ( plural oligopolies)
ECONOMICS a situation in which only a small number of companies are involved in producing a particular type of goods or in providing a particular type of service. The group of companies itself is also referred to as an oligopoly: Some say that Swedish banking is an oligopoly: the big four banks control 89% of total banking assets. →  Compare monopoly
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