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məˈnɒp ə limo·nop·o·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. monopolynoun

    (economics) a market in which there are many buyers but only one seller

    "a monopoly on silver"; "when you have a monopoly you can ask any price you like"

  2. monopolynoun

    exclusive control or possession of something

    "They have no monopoly on intelligence"

  3. Monopolynoun

    a board game in which players try to gain a monopoly on real estate as pieces advance around the board according to the throw of a die


  1. monopolynoun

    A situation, by legal privilege or other agreement, in which solely one party (company, cartel etc.) exclusively provides a particular product or service, dominating that market and generally exerting powerful control over it.

  2. monopolynoun

    An exclusive control over the trade or production of a commodity or service through exclusive possession.

    A land monopoly renders its holder(s) nearly almighty in an agricultural society

  3. monopolynoun

    The privilege granting the exclusive right to exert such control

    Granting monopolies in concession constitutes a market-conform alternative to taxation for the state, while the crown sometimes bestowed a monopoly as an outrageous gift

  4. monopolynoun

    The market thus controlled

  5. monopolynoun

    The holder (person, company or other) of such market domination in one of the the above manners.

  6. Monopolynoun

    A board game in which players use play money to buy and trade properties, with the objective of forcing opponents into bankruptcy.

  7. Etymology: From monopolium, from μονοπώλιον, from μόνος + πωλέω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Monopolynoun

    The exclusive privilege of selling any thing.

    Etymology: μονοπωλία; monopole, Fr. μονος and ϖωλέω.

    Dost thou call me fool, boy?
    —— All thy other titles hast thou given away; that thou wast born with.
    —— Lords and great men will not let me; if I had a monopoly on’t they would have part on’t. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    One of the most oppressive monopolies imaginable; all others can concern only something without us, but this fastens upon our nature, yea upon our reason. Go. of the Tongue.

    William Shakespeare rather writ happily than knowingly and justly; and Johnson, who by studying Quintus Horatius Flaccus, had been acquainted with the rules, yet seemed to envy to posterity that knowledge, and to make a monopoly of his learning. John Dryden, Juv.


  1. Monopoly

    Monopoly (stylized in all caps) is a song by American singers Ariana Grande and Victoria Monét, released on April 1, 2019 through label Republic Records. The song was written by Grande, Monét, Charles Anderson, Michael Foster, and Tim Suby, with production being handled by Social House and Suby. The music video, which was shot on March 30, 2019 at Mohegan Sun in the hours leading up to a concert scheduled that night, was released alongside the single, and was directed by Alfredo Flores and Ricky Alvarez."Monopoly" was included on the Japanese deluxe edition of Grande's fifth studio album Thank U, Next (2019) as a bonus track, along with the official remix of "7 Rings" featuring 2 Chainz. It reached the top 10 in Greece and Israel and the top 20 in Ireland, Japan and New Zealand. The singers performed the song on some of the shows of the Sweetener World Tour.


  1. Monopoly

    A monopoly refers to a market structure where a single entity or firm is the sole seller or provider of a particular product or service. It is characterized by the absence of competition, allowing the monopolistic firm to have full control, influence, and market power over pricing, production, and distribution. In a monopoly, there is no substitute for the monopolist's product or service, and the firm often faces little or no pressure from other competitors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monopolynoun

    the exclusive power, or privilege of selling a commodity; the exclusive power, right, or privilege of dealing in some article, or of trading in some market; sole command of the traffic in anything, however obtained; as, the proprietor of a patented article is given a monopoly of its sale for a limited time; chartered trading companies have sometimes had a monopoly of trade with remote regions; a combination of traders may get a monopoly of a particular product

  2. Monopolynoun

    exclusive possession; as, a monopoly of land

  3. Monopolynoun

    the commodity or other material thing to which the monopoly relates; as, tobacco is a monopoly in France

  4. Etymology: [L. monopolium, Gr. , ; mo`nos alone + to sell.]


  1. Monopoly

    A monopoly exists when a specific person or enterprise is the only supplier of a particular commodity. Monopolies are thus characterized by a lack of economic competition to produce the good or service and a lack of viable substitute goods. The verb "monopolize" refers to the process by which a company gains the ability to raise prices or exclude competitors. In economics, a monopoly is a single seller. In law, a monopoly is a business entity that has significant market power, that is, the power to charge high prices. Although monopolies may be big businesses, size is not a characteristic of a monopoly. A small business may still have the power to raise prices in a small industry. A monopoly is distinguished from a monopsony, in which there is only one buyer of a product or service; a monopoly may also have monopsony control of a sector of a market. Likewise, a monopoly should be distinguished from a cartel, in which several providers act together to coordinate services, prices or sale of goods. Monopolies, monopsonies and oligopolies are all situations such that one or a few of the entities have market power and therefore interact with their customers, suppliers and the other companies in ways that leave market interactions distorted.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A modern device for impoverishing others. From Grk. _monux_, swift-footed, and _polloi_, the people. A swift kick for the people.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'monopoly' in Nouns Frequency: #1753

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monopoly in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monopoly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of monopoly in a Sentence

  1. The Pittsburgh native:

    Getting the Monopoly brand couldn't have been a bigger gift, i wanted a big one, so when Drew Carey and Wayne Brady landed a big name like Monopoly, I was very attracted to it.

  2. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    No one has a monopoly of the true God, nor is there a nation or religion that can claim, or at any rate prove, that it has been given the exclusive right to the Creator or sole knowledge of His Being.

  3. C. P. Scott:

    The newspaper is of necessity something of a monopoly, and its first duty is to shun the temptations of monopoly. Its primary office is the gathering of news. At the peril of its soul it must see that the supply is not tainted. Neither in what it gives, nor in what it does not give, nor in the mode of presentation, must the unclouded face of truth suffer wrong. Comment is free but facts are sacred.

  4. Oeyvind Nilsen:

    Competition is a tool to find good solutions for society as a whole and in this case and in energy overall, a grid is a natural monopoly, so competition will not give better solutions ... or lower prices in the market, it's not about defending Statnett's monopoly, but we believe that you need one company to operate the grid, and grid operations should be separated from power production.

  5. Ed Calderon:

    They are the ones with the complete monopoly over all the guns in Mexico, nobody wants to surrender that monopoly.

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    the official who holds an office
    • A. foreordained
    • B. occlusive
    • C. incumbent
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