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monopoly (dominance)

Definition:

exclusive control or possession of something

Class:

state noun (stable states of affairs)

Plural:

monopolies

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

They have no monopoly on intelligence

Etymology:

"exclusive control of a commodity or trade", from Latin monopolium, from Greek...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Britannica Encyclopedia:

monopoly and competition [economics] | monopoly | competition

basic factors in the structure of economic markets. In economics monopoly and competition signify certain complex relations among firms in an ... (21 of 918 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/390038​/monopoly-and-competition

Collins Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural] | Monopoly | monopolism [noun, derived]

exclusive control of the market supply of a product or service | an enterprise exercising this control | the product or service so controlled | [law] ... (23 of 495 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/monopoly

Columbia Encyclopedia:

monopoly | oligopoly

market condition in which there is only one seller of a certain commodity; by virtue of the long-run control over supply, such a seller is able to ... (27 of 455 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/bus​/A​0833758​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural] | Monopoly

the exclusive possession or control of the supply of or trade in a commodity or service | a company or group having exclusive control over a commodity ... (26 of 168 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/monopoly

New World Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

exclusive control of a commodity or service in a given market, or control ... | an exclusive privilege of engaging in a particular business or ... (24 of 135 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural] | Monopoly [sense-specific]

exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices. | an exclusive ... (23 of 130 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/monopoly

American Heritage Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural] | monopolism [noun, related] | monopolist [noun, related] | monopolistic [adjective, related] | monopolistically [adverb, related]

Exclusive control by one group of the means of producing or selling a commodity or service | [law] A right granted by a government giving exclusive ... (25 of 124 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

[countable, economics] a company that has complete control of the product ... | [singular] something that only one person or group of people has (23 of 108 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/monopoly

Wiktionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural] | monopolist [synonym, sense-specific] | monopsony [antonym, sense-specific]

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. | An exclusive control... (36 of 98 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/monopoly

Cambridge Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolistic [adjective, disapproving, derived]

(an organization or group which has) complete control of something, especially an area of business, so that others have no share (21 of 82 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/monopoly

Merriam-Webster:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

exclusive ownership through legal privilege, command of supply, or concerted action | exclusive possession or control | a commodity controlled by one ... (20 of 77 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/monopoly

Wikipedia:

Ascendance [disambiguation]

may refer to: Ascendance (novel), a novel by R.A. Salvatore | Ascendance Records, an independent record label based in the UK | Ascendancy (disambiguation) | Ascendency, a quantitative attribute of an ecosystem (29 of 81 words, 4 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

a situation in which one company controls an industry or is the only provider of a product or service | an exclusive right to have or do something | a ... (28 of 122 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631067​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

monopoly

First use: 1530s

Origin: "exclusive control of a commodity or trade", from Latin monopolium, from Greek monopolion "right of exclusive sale", from mono- + ... (21 of 82 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=monopoly

New World Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

Origin: Latin monopolium from Greek monopōlion, right of exclusive sale, monopōlia, exclusive sale from monos, single (see ... (16 of 28 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

Origin: Latin monopōlium, from Ancient Greek μονοπώλιον (monopōlion, "a right of exclusive sale"), from μόνος (monos, "sole") + πωλέω (pōleō, "I barter, sell").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/monopoly

American Heritage Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

Origin: Latin monopōlium, from Greek monopōlion: mono-, mono- + pōlein, to sell; see pel- [entry 4] in Indo-European roots.

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Collins Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural] | Monopoly

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Late Latin, from Greek monopōlion, from mono- + pōlein to sell

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/monopoly

Oxford Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural] | Monopoly

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin from Greek monopōlion, from monos "single" + pōlein "sell"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/monopoly

Merriam-Webster:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

First use: 1534

Origin: Latin monopolium, from Greek monopōlion, from mon- + pōlein to sell

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/monopoly

Encarta Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Latin from Greek monopōlion from pōlein "sell"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631067​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "monopoly"

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Collins Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural] | Monopoly

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "monopoly"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/monopoly

Macmillan British Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "monopoly"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/monopoly

Macmillan American Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "monopoly"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

monopoly

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the Free Dictionary:

monopoly

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Google Dictionary:

monopoly | monopolies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "monopoly"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

monopoly

Audio: North American pronunciation of "monopoly"

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YourDictionary Audio:

monopoly

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "monopoly" by speech synthesizer

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