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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Recent Examples on the Web

Farhadi, an acclaimed Iranian director, earned worldwide press last year for boycotting the Oscars during Donald Trump’s travel ban (his acclaimed film, The Salesman, went on to win best foreign film). Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz get standing ovation on Cannes opening night for 'Everybody Knows'," 9 May 2018 The premise of boycotting may be simple, but doing it in a way that is both effective and ethical can require both research and introspection. Sarah Shemkus, BostonGlobe.com, "Think before you boycott," 21 Apr. 2018 And a Portland, Ore., blog, Bikeportland.org, reported that bike shops there had mixed reactions to boycotting Vista Outdoor products. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Cyclists urged to boycott bike gear tied to gunmaker Vista Outdoor," 26 Feb. 2018 O'Neill has riled Democrats by boycotting the Cleveland Browns and supporting General John Kelly's criticism of a Democratic Congresswoman. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Senate starts process to remove Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill," 17 Jan. 2018 Reaction on Twitter and other social media has spanned from nice requests for grass, to demands for grass, to cursing about the possibility of turf, to boycotting Globe Life Field should Rangers ownership go with artificial turf. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Darvish still considering Rangers, but is it just wishful thinking?," 10 Jan. 2018 However, the attempts to boycott Israel have continued in Spain in recent weeks. Jewish Journal, "Spanish high court rules anti-Israel boycott is unconstitutional," 3 July 2018 This week, Hogg called on Ingraham’s advertisers to boycott her show once again in a series of tweets. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Why Fox News's Laura Ingraham Is Facing an Advertiser Boycott—Again," 22 June 2018 Any effort to boycott Israel is an affront to this longstanding relationship. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "John Bel Edwards says Louisiana won't do business with companies that boycott Israel," 22 May 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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The first known use of boycott was in 1880

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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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