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monopolynoun [C or S]

uk   /məˈnɒp.əl.i/  us   /-ˈnɑː.pəl-/
C2 (an ​organization or ​group that has) ​completecontrol of something, ​especially an ​area of ​business, so that ​others have no ​share: The ​government is ​determined to ​protectitstobacco monopoly. Is Microsoft a monopoly? The ​drafting of a new ​constitution cannot be a monopoly of the ​whiteminorityregime (= other ​people should do it too). He does not have a/the monopoly on (= he is not the only one who has) good ​looks.

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monopolistic
adjective uk   /məˌnɒp.əlˈɪs.tɪk/  us   /-ˌnɑː.pəˈlɪs-/ usually disapproving
(Definition of monopoly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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monopolynoun [C]

 us   /məˈnɑp·ə·li/
social studies completecontrol of the ​supply of ​particulargoods or ​services, or a ​company or ​group that has such ​control: The Postal ​Service is ​guaranteed a monopoly on all ​first-classletters. fig. California has no monopoly on strangeness (= is not the only ​strangeplace).
monopolistic
adjective  us   /məˌnɑp·əˈlɪs·tɪk/
a monopolistic ​system
(Definition of monopoly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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monopolynoun

uk   us   /məˈnɒpəli/ (plural monopolies)
[C or U] ECONOMICS a ​situation in which one ​company or ​person or a ​government has no ​competition in the ​sale of a particular ​product or ​service and is able to ​control its ​supply and ​price: business/corporate/government monopolies He argues that ​farmsubsidieshelpkeepagriculturalland away from ​corporate monopolies.a monopoly of sth Each ​firm has a monopoly of ​goods that tend to be used together.a monopoly in/on sth A decision by the Supreme Court ​struck down the state's monopoly on radio and ​televisionstations.
[C] ECONOMICS a ​company, ​person, etc. that is the only one ​supplying a particular ​product or ​service: The ​Justice Department is ​suing the ​company because they ​claim that it used ​unfairtactics to become a monopoly.
[C] something that is ​controlled by one ​person or ​group and not ​shared by others: The ​network is a monopoly of the ​statetelephonecompany.
(Definition of monopoly from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “monopoly”
in Spanish monopolio…
in Vietnamese độc quyền…
in Malaysian monopoli…
in Thai ระบบผูกขาด…
in French monopole…
in German das Monopol…
in Chinese (Simplified) 垄断(机构), 专卖, 独占…
in Turkish tekel, tekelcilik, tekel düzeni…
in Russian монополия, монополист…
in Indonesian monopoli…
in Chinese (Traditional) 壟斷(機構), 專賣, 獨佔…
in Polish monopol…
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