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Meaning of MONOPOLY

Pronunciation:  mu'nâpulee, mu'nâpulee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (trademark) 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
  2. [n]  exclusive control or possession of something; "They have no monopoly on intelligence"
  3. [n]  (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"

MONOPOLY is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, board game, control, corner, dominance, market, marketplace



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mo*nop"o*ly\, n.; pl. {Monopolies}. [L. monopolium,
Gr. ?, ?; mo`nos alone + ? to sell.]
1. 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.

         Raleigh held a monopoly of cards, Essex a monopoly
         of sweet wines.                       --Macaulay.

2. Exclusive possession; as, a monopoly of land.

         If I had a monopoly out, they would have part on 't.

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

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