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oligopoly

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisholigopolyol‧i‧gop‧o‧ly /ˌɒləˈɡɒpəli $ ˌɑːləˈɡɑː-/ noun (plural oligopolies) [countable] technical 🔊 🔊 the control of all or most of a business activity by very few companies, so that other organizations cannot easily compete with them
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oligopolyAn oligopoly exists in a market with just a few sellers.It is apparently a competitive oligopoly.As a consequence of this trend, defensive mergers took place to protect local oligopolies.The alarming increase in media oligopolies has led to a subsequent decline in any need for public accountability on the part of media corporations.What we do in this chapter is the reverse: we focus on the implications of oligopoly.By controlling the oligopolies the state can direct aggregate performance.The oligopolies will not be divided into small-scale firms.For some time, since the 1920s, it had been a conservative, uncompetitive oligopoly.
From Longman Business Dictionaryoligopolyol‧i‧gop‧o‧ly /ˌɒlɪˈgɒpəliˌɑːlɪˈgɑː-, ˌoʊ-/ noun (plural oligopolies) [countable, uncountable]ECONOMICS a situation in which a very small number of companies produce a particular thing or provide a particular service, or the group of companies itselfCompetition authorities would not approve of the creation of a defence oligopoly. compare monopoly
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