boycott

verb
boy·​cott | \ ˈbȯi-ˌkät How to pronounce boycott (audio) \
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 A month later he was allowed to enter Israel — the same day the Knesset passed a law banning entry to foreigners who publicly call for boycotting the Jewish state or its settlements. Marcy Oster, sun-sentinel.com, "Israel’s Supreme Court upholds deportation of Human Rights Watch director," 5 Nov. 2019 States should enact reciprocity laws that impose boycotts on any state that boycotts other states or cities for policy disagreements. Jonathan Turley, Twin Cities, "Jonathan Turley: Yes, Trump has Joe McCarthy-like tendencies. So do some Democrats," 25 Oct. 2019 This time, Group of Seven leaders in Biarritz, France, held him to account, threatening to kill a trade deal between the European Union and Mercosur countries and boycott Brazilian products. The Christian Science Monitor, "Dousing the political fire over the Amazon," 27 Aug. 2019 Although Norwegian superstar Ada Hegerberg is boycotting the national team, the rest of the squad has the defensive mettle to cause the hosts some trouble. Jonathan Tannenwald, https://www.inquirer.com, "Women’s World Cup 2019: Top games to watch in the group stage," 6 June 2019 Visitors can hear audio of oral history recounting firsthand accounts of life under Jim Crow or women of Montgomery boycotting bus segregation. National Geographic, "13 destinations for African-American history and culture," 23 May 2019 South Koreans have vowed to boycott a range of Japanese goods ranging from Hello Kitty dolls (paywall) to cat food, advocating for a replacement of the products with Korean ones. Jane Li, Quartz, "A deepening trade quarrel between Japan and South Korea is rattling smartphone makers," 26 Aug. 2019 The move has prompted a swift reaction from Dick's customers, some of whom are vowing to boycott the sporting goods retailer. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Man, 24, killed when vehicle hits brick pillar in Birmingham," 28 Feb. 2018 As noted by The Hill, Rep. Maxine Waters (D), Rep. John Lewis (D), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D) have all vowed to boycott Trump's speech — and there are likely to be more names to follow. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Reps. Maxine Waters and John Lewis Are Boycotting Trump's State of the Union Speech," 14 Jan. 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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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of boycott was in 1880

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boycott

verb
How to pronounce boycott (audio)

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 How to pronounce boycott (audio) \
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
boy·​cott | \ ˈbȯi-ˌkät How to pronounce boycott (audio) \

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.

Other Words from boycott

boycott noun

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