Definition of boycott in English:

boycott

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Withdraw from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest.

    • ‘When he talked about boycotting corporations and baseball leagues that racially discriminate in hiring and promotion, blacks were attacked as disruptive.’
    • ‘Some members have asked why we do not boycott countries such as Sudan or Saudi Arabia that have very bad human rights records.’
    • ‘O'Reilly agrees not to edit the segment, and to explain in the intro that Michael has only been boycotting him because he walked out of the premiere.’
    • ‘I wouldn't dream of boycotting a musician for being a leftist, as long as he keeps it to himself.’
    • ‘It's no use saying that the last time Jews were boycotted in the universities was in 1930s Germany.’
    • ‘Mr. Lopez also said that, beginning tonight, his organization will boycott any organization that uses the term illegal alien.’
    • ‘I'd love to boycott the US because of it but I have family I'm visiting for Christmas.’
    • ‘We need to boycott these companies before it's too late.’
    • ‘Zimbabwe's first black test cricketer has called on international cricketing authorities to boycott his country.’
    • ‘One reason is that permissive societies that realized that crime does pay did not boycott people who lived a life of misdemeanour and wrongdoing.’
    • ‘Despite rejoicing by white spectators at the end of the trial, most customers at Bryant's store had been black and they boycotted the business, forcing it to close.’
    • ‘Nazi Germany boycotted Jewish artists in all creative fields for being Jewish.’
    • ‘The National Rifle Association then boycotted the company, devastating its stock price and destroying the proposed settlement.’
    • ‘Let's hope there will not be any form of backlash following this film's release i.e. people boycotting the comedians who were in it.’
    • ‘The Hindu leader also urged the people of Assam to boycott Muslim immigrants economically.’
    • ‘For example, three years ago, a Norwegian scientist refused to send the cloned DNA of a red blood cell growth factor to an investigator in Israel because she was boycotting Israeli universities.’
    • ‘Sport has always been used as a means of enforcing a political viewpoint, whether it is to boycott a country or whether it is to establish diplomatic relations.’
    • ‘When people in this country were disgusted with apartheid in South Africa, people in sport and entertainment boycotted that country.’
    • ‘The Israeli academic establishment boycotted him.’
    • ‘The European Union quickly imposed sanctions on Austria, and numerous private organizations and individuals began to boycott the country.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 Refuse to buy or handle (goods) as a punishment or protest.
      • ‘A call to boycott US goods from drink to meals, from cars to sports wear, would hit corporate America where it hurts.’
      • ‘Some have also come forward to say they plan to boycott Terry's goods - or even all Kraft products - in protest at the decision.’
      • ‘His solution has been to boycott particular consumer products.’
      • ‘Community support flooded in with seven councils voting to boycott James Hardie products and the mayors of six others confirming resolutions would go before their next meetings.’
      • ‘I was reading a similar article the other day about how Germans are trying to boycott American goods, as they see it as the only way to get America's attention.’
      • ‘There have been emails all over the place to boycott US goods.’
      • ‘The campaign to encourage shoppers to boycott these goods has started again outside Selfridges in what has now become a test case.’
      • ‘50% said that boycotting Japanese goods will not create enough pressure on the Japanese government’
      • ‘The movement to boycott Japanese goods began in the United States in August 1937.’
      • ‘Australian dockyard workers boycotted Dutch goods to be shipped to Indonesia to assist their military operations to gain back their colony.’
      • ‘Not that any of this justifies burning flags, closing embassies, boycotting Danish goods or rounding up Scandinavians in Palestine.’
      • ‘Do Norwegians and others boycott goods made in factories owned and run by European multinationals that employ adult and child slave labour?’
      • ‘And most U.S. consumers will not boycott French perfume or wine (though Australian Merlot deserves a try).’
      • ‘Although some angry citizens boycott U.S. products, the U.S. has made it too expensive for the everyday Jamaican consumer.’
      • ‘There's news trickling in about Americans boycotting German goods.’
      • ‘So they will boycott goods in the supermarket that they don't think are ethically sound, or they will seek out particular products and buy them if they think they are ethically sound.’
      • ‘There is the tendency to boycott US goods throughout the region.’
      • ‘Turkish threats to boycott German goods also caused widespread anger.’
      • ‘Gandhi encouraged Indians to boycott British goods and buy Indian goods instead.’
      • ‘But members of the Jewish community in Scotland last night condemned plans to boycott Israeli goods.’
      reject, debar, bar, ban, vote against, blacklist, exclude, shut out, leave out in the cold
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    2. 1.2 Refuse to cooperate with or participate in (a policy or event)
      • ‘The Preston-based Captive Animals' Protection Society urged the public to boycott the show being staged on Cronkeyshaw Common.’
      • ‘And to add to the bad times that Omar was going through a rumour had spread like wildfire that he was boycotting national team games.’
      • ‘It is not clear what will happen if opposition parties decide to boycott the Parliament session again today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The funeral directors are threatening to boycott a county council awards ceremony because feelings are running high.’
      • ‘The Football Supporters Federation are today urging Bantams fans to boycott Saturday's clash with Wimbledon.’
      • ‘But some veterans who fought in the Far East believe it is a snub to them and say they will boycott the official event.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most opposition parties chose to boycott these elections, ensuring a landslide victory for the EPRDF.’
      • ‘A number of contestants boycotted this year's event in Nigeria because of Islamic law, which permits Muslim women be stoned to death.’
      • ‘Journalists are boycotting Greg Dyke's ‘Big Conversation’ on 15 May where he will launch a new set of ‘BBC Values’.’
      • ‘The 11 senior players who started their protests last week have continued boycotting the team's training sessions at Garden Park stadium.’
      • ‘The intention of the opposition parties to boycott the poll is irresponsible in the extreme.’
      • ‘Tonga and Samoa have threatened to boycott the next World Cup unless they receive a better deal.’
      • ‘Later this summer, Parents for Justice also urged its members to boycott the new inquiry.’
      • ‘However, the event was boycotted by leading figures and lobby groups who alleged the protest was too politically-motivated.’
      • ‘The Catholic Church is so furious with the Edinburgh Dungeon it is urging parents to boycott the attraction.’
      • ‘It is boycotting the event to raise public awareness at what it sees are the project's flaws.’
      • ‘Efforts to convince the security staff proved futile and at one stage the media threatened to boycott the prime minister's visit.’
      • ‘Blaming what it said were hostile U.S. policies, North Korea boycotted a meeting that was to have been held in September.’
      exclude, shun, spurn, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder, reject, repudiate, blackball, blacklist, cast off, cast out, shut out, avoid, ignore, snub, cut dead, keep at arm's length, leave out in the cold, bar, ban, debar, banish, exile, expel
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noun

  • A punitive ban that forbids relations with certain groups, cooperation with a policy, or the handling of goods.

    • ‘There were provisions in relation to the bargaining division in Schedule 8 and provisions in relation to boycotts in Schedule 17.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Union branches up and down the country held meetings attended by unusually large numbers of members and submitted resolutions calling for the boycott to be dropped.’
    • ‘The art scene was still firmly in thrall to the cultural boycott, which restricted South African artists from showing overseas, and overseas artists from showing here.’
    • ‘The boycott by the Democratic state senators repeats the tactic employed by Democratic members of the lower house who left Texas as a group three months ago.’
    • ‘Some SSP members argue for a boycott in the Euro referendum.’
    • ‘Our call for a boycott is not based on the belief that socialists, in general and in all cases, must refuse to participate in bourgeois elections.’
    • ‘The awful truth will never go away - and indeed demands continuing exposure, sanctions, boycotts and bans applied to the guilty countries by an indignant world.’
    • ‘The Senate Foreign Relations Committee cannot meet without at least one Democrat present, so a unanimous boycott would delay if not torpedo the nomination.’
    • ‘The university employers' body also arrogantly dismissed the action, believing the boycott would fizzle out.’
    • ‘Although more than 35,000 members voted, the National Union has ruled that this is not enough to sanction a boycott.’
    • ‘But there was not a great enough turnout under the NUT's own rules to sanction a boycott.’
    • ‘We are not in a situation, more precisely, we do not have a relationship of forces that permits an active boycott.’
    • ‘Independent Financial Advisers who sell its policies have threatened boycotts.’
    • ‘The grape boycott helped change policy precisely because it did not try to delegitimize a whole society.’
    • ‘They could not overcome the effects of the US boycott and the lack of any popular democracy or mass participation in the organisation of society, an essential feature of any socialist revolution.’
    • ‘Two Australian wool bodies have approached the boycott in very different ways.’
    • ‘Our demands were rejected, so we called for a boycott.’
    • ‘The union has threatened to call for solidarity actions by its members at all sister newspapers and a boycott of all Media 24 newspapers if its demands are not met.’
    • ‘It was rightly condemned in the free world, leading to sanctions and boycotts.’
    ban, bar, veto, embargo, moratorium, prohibition, proscription, interdict, injunction, sanction, restriction, barrier
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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.

Pronunciation

boycott

/ˈboiˌkät//ˈbɔɪˌkɑt/