verb boy·cott \ˈbi-ˌkät\

: to refuse to buy, use, or participate in (something) as a way of protesting : to stop using the goods or services of (a company, country, etc.) until changes are made

Full Definition of BOYCOTT

transitive verb
:  to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (as a person, store, or organization) usually to express disapproval or to force acceptance of certain conditions
boycott noun
boy·cott·er noun

Examples of BOYCOTT

  1. plans to boycott American products
  2. They boycotted the city's bus system.
  3. We boycotted companies that were polluting the environment.

Origin of BOYCOTT

Charles C. Boycott †1897 English land agent in Ireland who was ostracized for refusing to reduce rents
First Known Use: 1880

Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer


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