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boycott

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verb boy·cott \ˈbȯi-ˌkät\

Simple Definition of boycott

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of boycott

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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
boycotter noun

Examples of boycott in a sentence

  1. plans to boycott American products

  2. They boycotted the city's bus system.

  3. We boycotted companies that were polluting the environment.



Did You Know?

In the 1870s, Irish farmers faced an agricultural crisis that threatened to result in a repeat of the terrible famine and mass evictions of the 1840s. Anticipating financial ruin, they formed a Land League to campaign against the rent increases and evictions landlords were imposing as a result of the crisis. Retired British army captain Charles Boycott had the misfortune to be acting as an agent for an absentee landlord at the time, and when he tried to evict tenant farmers for refusing to pay their rent, he was ostracized by the League and community. His laborers and servants quit, and his crops began to rot. Boycott's fate was soon well known, and his name became a byword for that particular protest strategy.

Origin of boycott

Charles C. Boycott †1897 English land agent in Ireland who was ostracized for refusing to reduce rents


First Known Use: 1880


BOYCOTT Defined for Kids

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boycott

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verb boy·cott \ˈbȯi-ˌkät\

Definition of boycott for Students

boycottedboycotting

  1. :  to join with others in refusing to deal with someone (as a person, organization, or country) as a way of protesting or forcing changes




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boycott

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noun boy·cott

Definition of boycott for Students

  1. :  the process or an instance of joining with others in refusing to deal with someone (as a person, organization, or country) as a way of protesting or forcing changes




Law Dictionary

boycott

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transitive verb boy·cott \ˈbȯi-ˌkät\

Legal Definition of boycott

  1. :  to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (as a store, business, or organization) usu. to express disapproval or to force acceptance of certain conditions — see also primary boycott, secondary boycott

boycott noun


Additional Notes on boycott

A boycott of a business by its competitors, suppliers, or buyers that has the effect of preventing the business's access to the market is a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.



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