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mo·nop·o·lize  (m-np-lz)
tr.v. mo·nop·o·lized, mo·nop·o·liz·ing, mo·nop·o·liz·es
1. To acquire or maintain a monopoly of.
2. To dominate by excluding others: monopolized the conversation.

mo·nopo·li·zation (-l-zshn) n.
mo·nopo·lizer n.
Synonyms: monopolize, absorb, consume, engross, preoccupy
These verbs mean to exclusively possess or control: a service monopolized by one company; study that absorbs all her time; was consumed by fear; engrossed herself in her reading; was preoccupied with financial worries.

monopolize  /mnplaz/  v. [T] -lized, -lizing, -lizes 1 to control a market completely: An electric power company monopolizes the power supply in this area. 2 infrml.fig. to dominate s.o. or s.t.: When she is at a party, she monopolizes the conversation and wont let others speak. -n. monopolization /mnplzen/. monopolize

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