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

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.

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

There’s been no talk of boycotting El Paso, a city that depends heavily on Mexican shoppers. Washington Post, "Cross-border ties still strong despite El Paso mass shooting," 7 Aug. 2019 If not, Hogg said, investors should boycott the companies. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Gun maker stocks benefit after mass shootings, right? Not anymore," 5 Aug. 2019 None of the presidential candidates have expressed support of boycotting and divesting from Israel. Mark Dent, Fortune, "Abortion, Reparations, Israel: What to Watch for During the Second Democratic Debate," 30 July 2019 Republicans and Democrats joined for a fleeting moment in celebrating the unanimous passage of a non-binding resolution condemning the movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "Congress tackles the anti-Israel boycott, but bipartisanship is fleeting," 23 July 2019 Rather than boycott the game, the Houston Nine formed their own tour. Claire Wolters, National Geographic, "Soccer pioneers recall the first Women’s World Cup," 5 July 2019 Russia had reacted to its suspension from the Council of Europe by boycotting the organization and withholding millions of euros in payments. James Marson, WSJ, "Europe Lifts Russia’s Suspension From Human-Rights Body," 25 June 2019 Users boycotted it in 2016 when a cancer patient died after spending thousands of dollars on a treatment advertised by a hospital on the search engine. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "China’s favorite food delivery service is now worth more than its biggest internet search firm," 24 June 2019 As so often happens when Trump travels overseas, norms were shattered, including when the president complained about his television viewing options in the foreign capital and urged people to punish CNN by boycotting its parent company, AT&T. Jonathan Lemire And Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, "President Trump turns from pomp to business in UK visit," 4 June 2019

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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 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

boycott

transitive verb
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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