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 Soccer clubs across England will join together to boycott social media at the start of May in response to the ongoing racist abuse that players, coaches and officials face online. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, "Premier League, English soccer announce social media boycott in response to racist abuse," 25 Apr. 2021 The election of Donald Trump threw the event into turmoil, with multiple honorees threatening to boycott in 2017 if Trump were involved. Ashraf Khalil, Star Tribune, "Delayed Kennedy Center Honors to be rescheduled for mid-May," 13 Jan. 2021 Cities could threaten to end tax incentives and tax breaks for Amazon, or the public could boycott the company. Fortune, "Amazon workers can still fight for better conditions, even if union efforts fail. Here’s how.," 13 Apr. 2021 Trump has urged supporters to boycott companies such as Major League Baseball for moving its All-Star Game out of Atlanta and Coca-Cola for its opposition to Georgia's new voting laws. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Culture wars: Stephen Miller targets transgender sports and critical race theory with legal group," 7 Apr. 2021 The ranking member on the Homeland Security Committee on Monday urged President Joe Biden to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Luke Barr, ABC News, "Representative urges 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics boycott in letter to Biden," 22 Feb. 2021 Leaders in countries including Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey urged Muslims to boycott French products after condemning Macron's comments on Islam. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Muslim advocacy group advises American Muslims against traveling to France amid tensions," 1 Nov. 2020 Calls to boycott the game popped up all over social media Friday and Saturday. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Politics and sports are forever intertwined; MLB pulling All-Star Game latest example," 4 Apr. 2021 Ahead of the Grammys, the Weeknd issued a statement to The New York Times announcing his decision to boycott the Grammys in the future. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s All That We Know About the Weeknd’s Grammys Snub and Boycott," 14 Mar. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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“Boycott.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boycott. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for boycott

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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