monopoly

monopoly
mo|nop|o|ly [məˈnɔpəli US məˈna:-] n plural monopolies
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: monopolium, from Greek, from mono- ( MONO-) + polein 'to sell']
1.)
if a company or government has a monopoly of a business or political activity, it has complete control of it so that other organizations cannot compete with it
monopoly of
They are demanding an end to the Communist Party's monopoly of power .
the state monopoly of television
monopoly on/in
For years Bell Telephone had a monopoly on telephone services in the US.
a monopoly in copper trading
2.)
a large company that controls all or most of a business activity
The company will become a state-owned monopoly.
3.) [singular]
if someone has a monopoly on something, that thing belongs to them, and no one else can share it
Teachers do not have a monopoly on educational debate.

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  • monopoly — ► NOUN (pl. monopolies) 1) the exclusive possession or control of the supply of a commodity or service. 2) an organization having a monopoly, or a commodity or service controlled by one. 3) exclusive possession or control of something. ORIGIN… …   English terms dictionary

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