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monopoly

noun [C or S] uk   /məˈnɒp.əl.i/  us   /-ˈnɑː.pəl-/
C2 (an organization or group that has) complete control of something, especially an area of business, so that others have no share: The government is determined to protect its tobacco monopoly. Is Microsoft a monopoly? The drafting of a new constitution cannot be a monopoly of the white minority regime (= 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
Translations of “monopoly”
in Vietnamese độc quyền…
in Spanish monopolio…
in Thai ระบบผูกขาด…
in Malaysian monopoli…
in French monopole…
in German das Monopol…
in Chinese (Traditional) 壟斷(機構), 專賣, 獨佔…
in Indonesian monopoli…
in Russian монополия, монополист…
in Turkish tekel, tekelcilik, tekel düzeni…
in Chinese (Simplified) 垄断(机构), 专卖, 独占…
in Polish monopol…
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