boycott

verb
boy·cott | \ ˈbȯi-ˌkät \
boycotted; boycotting; boycotts

Definition of boycott 

transitive verb

: to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (a person, a store, an organization, etc.) usually to express disapproval or to force acceptance of certain conditions boycotting American products

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Other words from boycott

boycott noun
boycotter noun

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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.

Examples of boycott in a Sentence

plans to boycott American products They boycotted the city's bus system. We boycotted companies that were polluting the environment.
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Qatar has sent complaints to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. body, about the boycotting countries closing off their airspace, as well as violating the country’s airspace. Washington Post, "UN’s highest court begins hearing Qatar lawsuit against UAE," 27 June 2018 While being honored at a pre-Grammy party this year, the rapper took a step back from boycotting to share his opinions on recognition. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Beyoncé & Jay-Z Have A Word With Everyone On Everything Is Love," 17 June 2018 With an the country's main opposition coalition boycotting the vote, challengers Falcon and Bertucci struggled to animate a nation ravaged by hunger and hyperinflation. Philip Brian Tabuas, Bloomberg.com, "Venezuela Votes in a Presidential Election. Enthusiasm Is Absent," 19 May 2018 And with the opposition boycotting the vote, few auditors who are not aligned with Mr. Maduro will be reviewing the results. New York Times, "Critics Say He Can’t Beat a Dictator. This Venezuelan Thinks He Can.," 17 May 2018 In retaliation, Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin revoked accreditation from the boycotting media outlets. Kara Fox, CNN, "The silence is over: Russian women find their voice against harassment," 12 Apr. 2018 Ward was forced to resign his post on Thursday after threats of boycotting Kosair and growing anger over the words and pictures Ward shared on social media. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Former Kosair Charities chief and others who attack kids show we've become soulless," 30 Mar. 2018 What McDonald's did not expect is the former Soviet Union boycotting the Games, leaving the U.S. without a major rival. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Build-a-Bear blunder: Other company promotions that epically failed," 13 July 2018 However, the Palestinians have been boycotting the Trump administration over its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and have also refused to meet with Kushner and Greenblatt. Jewish Journal, "Peace process discussed during U.S. team's stop in Israel," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of boycott

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boycott

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

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boycott

verb

English Language Learners 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

boycott

verb
boy·cott | \ ˈbȯi-ˌkät \
boycotted; boycotting

Kids Definition of boycott

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

boycott

noun

Kids Definition of boycott (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

boycott

transitive verb
boy·cott | \ ˈbȯi-ˌkät \

Legal Definition of boycott 

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

Note: 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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