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 1971, drivers voted to boycott a USAC race scheduled there.
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.
Israeli products are officially boycotted in Lebanon, and anyone who has visited Israel, let alone is a citizen of the country, is barred from entry.
There were suggestions that players could boycott Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open next January.
Aimed at shaming international investors into boycotting the repressive government’s bonds, the ‘hunger bonds’ term was really only known among a small crowd of specialists.
A handful of men pledged to boycott the Drafthouse for holding women-only showings.
The anchor is currently on vacation, amid calls from advocacy groups for advertisers to boycott his show.
Goldwater’s likely referring to right wing group One Million Moms’ campaign to bully Toys’R’Us into boycotting Archie products, which followed news of the Life with Archie gay wedding.
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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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