monopolize

monopolize, engross, absorb, consume mean to take up completely.
Monopolize, the general term, means to pos-sess or control exclusively
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monopolize the year's crop of cotton

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a child should not be allowed to monopolize the attention of his family

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every railroad monopolizes, in a popular sense, the trade of some area— Justice Holmes

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the party in power at Washington can organize the two houses of the Congress . . . but it cannot monopolize the business of lawmaking— Holcombe

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never attempted to monopolize or even dominate the discussion— J. G. Gray

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Occasionally engross implies getting a physical control of (as by purchase of the available supply)
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the process of engrossing the land which attended the ascent to power of the aristocracy— Becker

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and this notion may persist in extended use
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the sun engrossed the east, the day controlled the world— Emily Dickinson

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but more often the verb takes an immaterial object and implies a preoccupying
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political theory has long engrossed the Indian mind— Poleman

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the works manager who ... is engrossed chiefly with the engineering problem of securing maximum output with minimum input— Hurff

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Absorb is frequently interchangeable with engross, but it is less often predicated of persons as conscious agents and more often of things that have an inherent capacity for monopolization
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manual occupations do not engage the mind sufficiently .... But composition, especially of verse, absorbs it wholly— Cowper

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it is arithmetically impossible for every child to absorb the whole time of an adult tutor— Russell

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Consume comes into comparison with engross and absorb chiefly in an extended sense of each, implying monopolization of one's time, attention, or interest
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Flané is determined that men and their convictions shall be given a true and proper evaluation. He is consumed with the idea of justice— Boyle

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the consuming anxiety of the ride still held him though the reason for it was gone— Wheelwright

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Analogous words: possess, own, *have, hold: utilize, *use, employ: control, manage (see CONDUCT vb)

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  • monopolize — mo·nop·o·lize /mə nä pə ˌlīz/ vt lized, liz·ing: to get a monopoly of monopolize an industry mo·nop·o·li·za·tion / ˌnä pə lə zā shən/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • monopolize — mo‧nop‧o‧lize [məˈnɒpəlaɪz ǁ məˈnɑː ] also monopolise verb [transitive] ECONOMICS if a single company or a government monopolizes an industry, it gets control of all or most of it so that there is little or no competition from other companies or… …   Financial and business terms

  • Monopolize — Mo*nop o*lize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Monopolized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Monopolizing}.] [From {Monopoly}.] To acquire a monopoly of; to have or get the exclusive privilege or means of dealing in, or the exclusive possession of; to engross the whole… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • monopolize — [mə näp′ə līz΄] vt. monopolized, monopolizing 1. to get, have or exploit a monopoly of 2. to get full possession or control of; dominate completely [to monopolize a conversation] monopolization n. monopolizer n …   English World dictionary

  • monopolize — (v.) 1610s; see MONOPOLY (Cf. monopoly) + IZE (Cf. ize). Figurative use from 1620s. Related: Monopolized; monopolizing; monopolization …   Etymology dictionary

  • monopolize — (Amer.) mo nop·o·lize || mÉ™ nÉ‘pÉ™laɪz / nÉ’ v. exercise exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market; exploit a monopoly of; have a monopoly (also monopolise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • monopolize — [v] dominate, control absorb, acquire, bogart, consume, copyright, corner, corner the market*, devour, employ, engross, exclude, exercise control, have, hog*, hold, keep to oneself, lock up*, manage, own, own exclusively, patent, possess,… …   New thesaurus

  • monopolize — (also monopolise) ► VERB ▪ take exclusive control or use of. DERIVATIVES monopolization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • monopolize — UK [məˈnɒpəlaɪz] / US [məˈnɑpəˌlaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms monopolize : present tense I/you/we/they monopolize he/she/it monopolizes present participle monopolizing past tense monopolized past participle monopolized economics if a company… …   English dictionary

  • monopolize — mo|nop|o|lize [ mə napə,laız ] verb transitive 1. ) if a company monopolizes a particular business activity, it controls that activity by preventing other companies from being involved in it: Their aim was to outdo other competitors and… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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