Definition of boycott in English:

boycott

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔɪkɒt
 
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verb

[with object]
1Withdraw from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest: we will boycott all banks which take part in the loans scheme
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  • The Israeli academic establishment boycotted him.
  • The National Rifle Association then boycotted the company, devastating its stock price and destroying the proposed settlement.
  • The European Union quickly imposed sanctions on Austria, and numerous private organizations and individuals began to boycott the country.
Synonyms
spurn, snub, cold-shoulder, shun, avoid, abstain from, stay away from, steer clear of, give a wide berth to, refuse to take part in, turn one's back on, have nothing to do with, wash one's hands of; ban, bar, reject, veto, embargo, place an embargo on, prohibit, debar, outlaw, proscribe, interdict, blackball, blacklist
British dated black
1.1Refuse to buy or handle (goods) as a punishment or protest: an advert urges consumers to boycott the firm’s coffee
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  • 50% said that boycotting Japanese goods will not create enough pressure on the Japanese government
  • There's news trickling in about Americans boycotting German goods.
  • Australian dockyard workers boycotted Dutch goods to be shipped to Indonesia to assist their military operations to gain back their colony.
1.2Refuse to cooperate with or participate in (a policy or event): most parties indicated that they would boycott the election
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  • Outraged that the Wakefield campaign was going to get even more publicity, a number of leading authorities, who had been invited to participate, decided to boycott the debate.
  • In the second case, given the high turnout and the low rank of their candidate, the participation of those who boycotted the elections wouldn't have changed the results in any reasonable expectation.
  • Blaming what it said were hostile U.S. policies, North Korea boycotted a meeting that was to have been held in September.

noun

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A punitive ban on relations with other bodies, cooperation with a policy, or the handling of goods: a boycott of the negotiations
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  • Two Australian wool bodies have approached the boycott in very different ways.
  • I have e-mailed the company and also copied my message to the financial investors for the Body Shop, stating that I will begin a boycott of Body Shop products effective immediately.
  • Independent Financial Advisers who sell its policies have threatened boycotts.
Synonyms
ban, bar, veto, embargo, moratorium, prohibition, proscription, interdict, injunction, sanction, restriction, barrier; avoidance, shunning, rejection, refusal

Origin

from the name of Captain Charles C. Boycott (1832–97), an Irish land agent so treated in 1880, in an attempt instigated by the Irish Land League to get rents reduced.

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