Definition of boycott
: 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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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.
Recent Examples of boycott from the Web
In late January, Democrats boycotted a Senate Finance Committee hearing in which members were scheduled to vote on then-Rep.
North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics, both held in Seoul.
The main opposition Congress party and some other parties boycotted the ceremony, arguing that nearly 7 million traders needed more time to prepare for the new system, which requires them to file tax returns every month.
Back in 1980, SAG-AFTRA members boycotted the Emmys during a strike that lasted for 94 days.
The 'Boycott Dolce & Gabbana' T-shirt completely makes a mockery of what 'boycotting' is.
In 1971, drivers voted to boycott a USAC race scheduled there.
The aim is to draw attention to the crisis in Venezuela and get investors to boycott the country’s bonds.
The Brooklyn-born, hijab-wearing Sarsour has been critical of Israel’s policies in the occupied territories and supports the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction the country.
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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 and Etymology of boycott
Charles C. Boycott †1897 English land agent in Ireland who was ostracized for refusing to reduce rents
First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
BOYCOTT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of boycott for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of boycott for Students
: to join with others in refusing to deal with someone (as a person, organization, or country) as a way of protesting or forcing changes
Definition of boycott for Students
: 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
Legal Definition of boycott
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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