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.

    ‘we will boycott all banks which take part in the loans scheme’
    • ‘The 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, and numerous private organizations and individuals began to boycott the country.’
    • ‘I'd love to boycott the US because of it but I have family I'm visiting for Christmas.’
    • ‘Zimbabwe's first black test cricketer has called on international cricketing authorities to boycott his country.’
    • ‘We need to boycott these companies before it's too late.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When people in this country were disgusted with apartheid in South Africa, people in sport and entertainment boycotted that country.’
    • ‘Some members have asked why we do not boycott countries that have very bad human rights records.’
    • ‘Let's hope there will not be any form of backlash following this film's release, such as people boycotting the comedians who were in it.’
    • ‘They will boycott any organization that uses the term illegal alien.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One reason is that permissive societies that realized that crime does pay did not boycott people who lived a life of misdemeanour and wrongdoing.’
    • ‘I wouldn't dream of boycotting a musician for being a leftist.’
    • ‘They boycotted the business, forcing it to close.’
    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. 1.1Refuse to buy or handle (goods) as a punishment or protest.
      ‘an advert urges consumers to boycott the firm's coffee’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do Norwegians and others boycott goods made in factories owned and run by European multinationals that employ adult and child slave labour?’
      • ‘Some have also come forward to say they plan to boycott Terry's goods - or even all Kraft products - in protest at the decision.’
      • ‘The movement to boycott Japanese goods began in the United States in August 1937.’
      • ‘Gandhi encouraged Indians to boycott British goods and buy Indian goods instead.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Turkish threats to boycott German goods also caused widespread anger.’
      • ‘The campaign to encourage shoppers to boycott these goods has started again outside Selfridges in what has now become a test case.’
      • ‘And most U.S. consumers will not boycott French perfume or wine (though Australian Merlot deserves a try).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is the tendency to boycott US goods throughout the region.’
      • ‘His solution has been to boycott particular consumer products.’
      • ‘Although some angry citizens boycott U.S. products, the U.S. has made it too expensive for the everyday Jamaican consumer.’
      • ‘There have been emails all over the place to boycott US goods.’
      • ‘A call to boycott US goods from drink to meals, from cars to sports wear, would hit corporate America where it hurts.’
      reject, debar, bar, ban, vote against, blacklist, exclude, shut out, leave out in the cold
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    2. 1.2Refuse to cooperate with or participate in (a policy or event)
      ‘most parties indicated that they would boycott the election’
      • ‘A number of leading authorities, who had been invited to participate, decided to boycott the debate.’
      • ‘The participation of those who boycotted the elections wouldn't have changed the results in any reasonable expectation.’
      • ‘They boycotted a meeting that was to have been held in September.’
      • ‘But some veterans who fought in the Far East believe it is a snub to them and say they will boycott the official event.’
      • ‘It is not clear what will happen if opposition parties decide to boycott the Parliament session again today.’
      • ‘The intention of the opposition parties to boycott the poll is irresponsible in the extreme.’
      • ‘It is boycotting the event to raise public awareness at what it sees are the project's flaws.’
      • ‘However, the event was boycotted by leading figures and lobby groups who alleged the protest was too politically-motivated.’
      • ‘Most opposition parties chose to boycott these elections.’
      • ‘At one stage the media threatened to boycott the prime minister's visit.’
      • ‘Journalists are boycotting the programme.’
      • ‘A rumour had spread like wildfire that he was boycotting national team games.’
      • ‘The 11 senior players who started their protests last week have continued boycotting the team's training sessions at Garden Park stadium.’
      • ‘The funeral directors are threatening to boycott a county council awards ceremony because feelings are running high.’
      • ‘The organisation urged the public to boycott the show.’
      • ‘The Football Supporters Federation are today urging fans to boycott Saturday's clash with Wimbledon.’
      • ‘They have threatened to boycott the next World Cup unless they receive a better deal.’
      • ‘The church is so furious it is urging parents to boycott the attraction.’
      • ‘Later this summer, Parents for Justice also urged its members to boycott the new inquiry.’
      exclude, shun, spurn, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder, reject, repudiate, boycott, 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 on relations with other bodies, cooperation with a policy, or the handling of goods.

    ‘a boycott of the negotiations’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some SSP members argue for a boycott in the Euro referendum.’
    • ‘The university employers' body also arrogantly dismissed the action, believing the boycott would fizzle out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 grape boycott helped change policy precisely because it did not try to delegitimize a whole society.’
    • ‘There were provisions in relation to the bargaining division in Schedule 8 and provisions in relation to boycotts in Schedule 17.’
    • ‘It was rightly condemned in the free world, leading to sanctions and boycotts.’
    • ‘Although more than 35,000 members voted, the National Union has ruled that this is not enough to sanction a boycott.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our demands were rejected, so we called for a boycott.’
    • ‘We are not in a situation, more precisely, we do not have a relationship of forces that permits an active boycott.’
    • ‘But there was not a great enough turnout under the NUT's own rules to sanction a boycott.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/ˈbɔɪkɒt/