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 affect change.

Definitions of boycott

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

Type of:
dissent, objection, protest
the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent

v refuse to sponsor; refuse to do business with

buy at, frequent, patronise, patronize, shop, shop at, sponsor
do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
Type of:
ostracise, ostracize
avoid speaking to or dealing with

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