boycott

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈbɔɪkɒt/, SAMPA: /"bOIkQt/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈbɔɪkɑt/, SAMPA: /"bOIkAt/
  • Hyphenation: boy‧cott

Verb[change]

Plain form
boycott

Third-person singular
boycotts

Past tense
boycotted

Past participle
boycotted

Present participle
boycotting

  1. If you boycott something, then you stop using a product or buying from a store on purpose. People mainly boycott as a form of protest.
    When the newspapers reported that a major clothing company had used child labor, many people boycotted the company.

Noun[change]

Singular
boycott

Plural
boycotts

  1. A boycott is when people stop using a product or stop buying from a store on purpose. Boycotting is a form of protest to prove a point and avoid buying things from companies that have done wrong.
    The boycott against fruit grown in foreign countries lasted two months.
    Martin Luther King Jr. led a boycott against the Montgomery buses because the bus drivers gave priority seats to white people. So, instead of taking the bus, African Americans walked so bus company would sell fewer tickets and lose money.