• (RP) enPR: mənŏ'pəlē", IPA: /məˈnɒpəˌli/
  • (America) enPR: mənä'pəlē", IPA: /məˈnɑpəˌli/

monopoly (plural monopolies)

  1. 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.
    Antonyms: monopsony
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  2. 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. 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. (metonymy) The market thus controlled.
  5. (metonymy) The holder (person, company or other) of such market domination in one of the above manners.
    Synonyms: monopolist
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: monopólio
  • Russian: монопо́лия
  • Spanish: monopolista

Proper noun
  1. A board game in which players use play money to buy and trade properties, with the objective of forcing opponents into bankruptcy.
  • German: Monopoly
  • Italian: Monopoli
  • Portuguese: (Brazil) Banco Imobiliário, (Portugal) Monopólio, Monopoly
  • Russian: монопо́лия
  • Spanish: Monopoly

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