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boycott (verb) refuse to buy, to use, or to participate in some activity, as a protest.

When we stop buying or using something to express our disapproval of it, we boycott it. When you refuse to participate in a meeting because you do not approve of the agenda or of the presence of somebody at the meeting, you boycott it. People may boycott a court of enquiry if they feel justice might not be done by it to them. That is, they refuse to have anything to do with the enquiry, as a protest. Things made of animal skins may be boycotted by animal lovers. That is, animal lovers may refuse to buy things made of animal skins. People who are health conscious may boycott fruits sprayed with pesticides.

  • Child welfare organizations have given a call for the boycott of products from countries which are not enforcing the ban on child labor.
  • During the freedom struggle of India from the British rule, Mahatma Gandhi called upon Indians to boycott the purchase of all British goods, in order to ensure demand for Indian goods and to protect Indian industries.
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