Meaning of boycott


To boycott means to stop buying or using the goods or services of a certain company or country as a protest; the noun boycott is the protest itself.

This noun comes from the name of Charles C. Boycott, an English land agent in 19th-century Ireland who refused to reduce rents for his tenant farmers. As a result, the local residents did not want to have any dealings with him. Boycotts are an effective way to use your spending dollars to effect change.

Definitions of boycott
  1. noun

    a group’s refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies

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    type of:

    dissent, objection, protest

    the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent

  2. verb

    refuse to sponsor; refuse to do business with

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    buy at, frequent, patronise, patronize, shop, shop at, sponsor

    do one’s shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
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    ostracise, ostracize

    avoid speaking to or dealing with

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