Meaning of “boycott” in the English Dictionary

"boycott" in British English

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boycottverb [ T ]

uk /ˈbɔɪ.kɒt/ us /ˈbɔɪ.kɑːt/

to refuse to buy a product or take part in an activity as a way of expressing strong disapproval:

People were urged to boycott the country's products.
The union called on its members to boycott the meeting.
boycott
noun [ C ] uk us

A boycott of/against goods from the EU began in June.

(Definition of “boycott” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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boycottverb [ T ]

us /ˈbɔɪ·kɑt/

social studies to refuse to buy a product or take part in an activity as a way of expressing strong disapproval:

The union called on its members to boycott the meeting.
boycott
noun [ C ] us /ˈbɔɪ·kɑt/

She organized an economic boycott of the company’s products.

(Definition of “boycott” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"boycott" in Business English

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boycottverb [ T ]

uk /ˈbɔɪkɒt/ us COMMERCE, POLITICS

to refuse to buy a product, do business with a company, or take part in an activity as a way of expressing strong disapproval:

Motorists boycotted the company's gas stations and its share price crashed.
Opposition parties boycotted the elections as unfair.

boycottnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɔɪkɒt/ us COMMERCE, POLITICS

the action of refusing to buy a product, do business with a company, or take part in an activity as a way of expressing strong disapproval:

a boycott of sth Pressure groups urged a consumer boycott of clothing brands made using child labour.
call for/demand/threaten a boycott He called for a boycott of the talks.
join/support a boycott Unions asked shoppers to join the boycott.

(Definition of “boycott” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)