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boycott (ostracize)

Definition:

to refuse to sponsor; to refuse to do business with

Class:

social verb (politics, social activities, events, etc.)

Past tense:

boycotted

Present participle:

boycotting

3rd-person singular present:

boycotts

Type of:

ostracize » exclude » prevent

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Irish Land League ostracism of Captain Charles C. Boycott (1832-1897), land...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of boycott...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Boycott

an act of voluntarily abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with a person, organization, or country as an expression of protest, usually for social or political reasons. Sometimes, it can be a form of consumer activism. The word boycott entered the... (41 of 2823 words, 6 images)

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Boycott (disambiguation)

may refer to: ugly cheese A boycott, an organized ostracism as a means of protest | Boycott, Buckinghamshire, a village in the United Kingdom | Boycott (film), a 1985 film directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Boycott (2001 film), a 2001 HBO television movie... (40 of 129 words, 8 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

boycott | Boycott | Geoff Boycott [sense-specific] | Geoffrey Boycott [sense-specific]

[transitive] to refuse to have dealings with (a person, organization, etc) or refuse to buy (a product) as a protest or means of coercion | an ... (25 of 501 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/boycott

Britannica Encyclopedia:

boycott

collective and organized ostracism applied in labour, economic, political, or social relations to protest practices that are regarded as unfair. The ... (21 of 488 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/76446​/boycott

Columbia Encyclopedia:

boycott

concerted economic or social ostracism of an individual, group, or nation to express disapproval or coerce change. The practice was named (1880) after ... (23 of 329 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/bus​/A​0808603​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

boycott | boycotted [past tense] | boycotting [present participle] | boycotts [3rd-person singular present] | boycotter [noun, related]

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion. | ... (27 of 242 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/boycott

Oxford Dictionary:

boycott

withdraw from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest | refuse to buy or handle (goods) as ... (24 of 166 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/boycott

Merriam-Webster:

boycott | boycotter [noun, related]

to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (as a person, store, or organization) usually to express disapproval or to force acceptance of ... (25 of 92 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/boycott

Macmillan British Dictionary:

boycott [transitive] | boycotted [past tense] | boycotting [present participle] | boycotts [3rd-person singular present]

to not take part in an event, or to not buy or use something as a protest (17 of 58 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/boycott

boycott [countable, noun] | boycotts [plural]

an act of boycotting something (5 of 40 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/boycott 7

New World Dictionary:

boycott

to join together in refusing to deal with, so as to punish, coerce, etc. | to refuse to buy, sell, or use | an act or instance of boycotting (27 of 55 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/boycott

Cambridge Dictionary:

boycott

to refuse to buy a product or take part in an activity as a way of expressing strong disapproval (19 of 53 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/boycott

Random House Dictionary:

boycott

to combine in abstaining from, or preventing dealings with, as a means of intimidation or coercion. | to abstain from buying or using. | the practice ... (24 of 48 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/boycott

Wiktionary:

boycott | boycotts [plural] | boycotted [past tense] | boycotting [present participle] | blackball [synonym, sense-specific] | blacklist [synonym, sense-specific] | embargo [synonym, sense-specific] | withhold patronage [synonym, sense-specific]

To abstain, either as an individual or group, from using, buying, or dealing with someone or some organization as an expression of protest. | The act of boycotting (27 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/boycott

Encarta Dictionary:

boycott | boycotted [past tense] | boycotting [present participle] | boycotts [3rd-person singular present]

to cease or refuse to deal with something such as an organization, a company, or a process, as a protest against it or as an effort to force it to ... (30 of 88 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592252​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

boycott

First use: 1880

Origin: Irish Land League ostracism of Captain Charles C. Boycott (1832-1897), land agent of Lough-Mask in County Mayo, who refused to lower rents for ... (24 of 48 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=boycott

Collins Dictionary:

boycott | Boycott

First use: 19th century

Origin: after Captain C. C. Boycott (1832-97), Irish land agent for the Earl of Erne, County Mayo, Ireland, who was a victim of such practices for ... (27 of 31 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/boycott

Oxford Dictionary:

boycott

Origin: the name of Captain Charles C. Boycott (1832-1897), an Irish land agent so treated in 1880, in an attempt instigated by the Irish Land League to get ... (27 of 29 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/boycott

Wiktionary:

boycott | boycotts [plural] | boycotted [past tense] | boycotting [present participle]

Origin: Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott, an English evicting land agent in Ireland who was subject to a boycott organized by the Irish Land League in 1880.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/boycott

New World Dictionary:

boycott

Origin: after Captain C. C. Boycott, land agent ostracized by his neighbors during the Land League agitation in Ireland in 1880

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/boycott

Merriam-Webster:

boycott

First use: 1880

Origin: Charles C. Boycott died 1897 English land agent in Ireland who was ostracized for refusing to reduce rents

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/boycott

American Heritage Dictionary:

boycott | boycotted [past tense] | boycotting [present participle] | boycotts [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: After Charles C. Boycott (1832-1897), English land agent in Ireland.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/boycott

Encarta Dictionary:

boycott | boycotted [past tense] | boycotting [present participle] | boycotts [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Late 19th century

Origin: After Captain Charles Boycott (1832-1897), estate manager in Ireland

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592252​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

boycott | Boycott

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "boycott"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/boycott

Macmillan British Dictionary:

boycott [transitive] | boycotted [past tense] | boycotting [present participle] | boycotts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "boycott"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/boycott

boycott [countable, noun] | boycotts [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "boycott"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

boycott [transitive] | boycotted [past tense] | boycotting [present participle] | boycotts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "boycott"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/boycott

boycott [countable, noun] | boycotts [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "boycott"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/boycott 7

Cambridge Dictionary:

boycott

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "boycott"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "boycott"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/boycott

the Free Dictionary:

boycott

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "boycott"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "boycott"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "boycott" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/boycott

Google Dictionary:

boycott | boycotts [plural] | boycotted [past tense] | boycotting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "boycott"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=boycott

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

boycott

Audio: North American pronunciation of "boycott"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=boycot​01 word=boycott

YourDictionary Audio:

boycott

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "boycott" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/boycott

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