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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web To ban, boycott or otherwise limit the influence of someone on a platform—usually a social media or other public forum. Cady Lang, Time, 29 Dec. 2021 Under the new election laws, incitement to boycott the voting or to cast invalid votes could be punished by up to three years in jail and a 200,000 Hong Kong dollar ($26,500) fine. Zen Soo, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Dec. 2021 But Israel’s outsized presence in the judo world has also created some awkward situations involving Arab and Iranian athletes whose countries boycott the Jewish state as a matter of principle or are in a political dispute with it. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, 20 July 2021 Nicholson reportedly urged the nominees in the category to boycott the ceremony. Zack Sharf, Variety, 21 Mar. 2022 Fred Meyer faced a potential strike during contract negotiations in 2019, when grocery workers authorized a strike and urged customers to boycott the stores, but the two sides reached an agreement a week later and averted the strike. oregonlive, 17 Dec. 2021 The country's opposition had urged voters to boycott and voting Sunday appeared light, despite Rocha's report of 65% turnout. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 9 Nov. 2021 While filming was underway for Casino Royale, there were multiple Internet campaigns that urged other Bond fans to even boycott the movie. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Some, including former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had been barred from this election, urged voters to boycott the poll. Fox News, 18 June 2021 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Boycott.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boycott. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for boycott

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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