protest

noun
pro·​test | \ˈprō-ˌtest \

Definition of protest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a solemn declaration of opinion and usually of dissent: such as

a : a sworn declaration that payment of a note or bill has been refused and that all responsible signers or debtors are liable for resulting loss or damage

b : a declaration made especially before or while paying that a tax is illegal and that payment is not voluntary

2 : the act of objecting or a gesture of disapproval resigned in protest especially : a usually organized public demonstration of disapproval

3 : a complaint, objection, or display of unwillingness usually to an idea or a course of action went under protest

4 : an objection made to an official or a governing body of a sport

protest

verb
pro·​test | \prə-ˈtest, ˈprō-ˌtest, prō-ˈtest\
protested; protesting; protests

Definition of protest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make solemn declaration or affirmation of protest my innocence

2 : to execute or have executed a formal protest against (something, such as a bill or note)

3 : to make a statement or gesture in objection to protested the abuses of human rights

intransitive verb

1 : to make a protestation

2 : to make or enter a protest

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Other Words from protest

Verb

protester or protestor \prə-​ˈte-​stər, ˈprō-​ˌte-​, prō-​ˈte-​ \ noun

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Verb

assert, declare, affirm, protest, avow mean to state positively usually in anticipation of denial or objection. assert implies stating confidently without need for proof or regard for evidence. asserted that modern music is just noise declare stresses open or public statement. declared her support for the candidate affirm implies conviction based on evidence, experience, or faith. affirmed the existence of an afterlife protest emphasizes affirming in the face of denial or doubt. protested that he really had been misquoted avow stresses frank declaration and acknowledgment of personal responsibility for what is declared. avowed that all investors would be repaid in full

Examples of protest in a Sentence

Noun

He heard protests from the crowd. She told him to go to bed despite his protests that he wasn't tired. There were cries of protest when the verdict was announced. The suspect surrendered his gun without protest. She was so upset by their decision that she resigned in protest. The students launched a protest against the tuition increase.

Verb

The victim's family protested at the judge's sentence. There is no use protesting. I will not change my mind. The coach protested the referee's call. The decision was protested by dozens of people. Students protested at the civil rights rally. They were protesting against the death penalty. Peace activists protested the war. She protested that the law was unfair. “But I'm innocent!” he protested.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the latest Recode Decode, Kara Swisher talks with six of the organizers of the Nov. 1 protests, who say the company’s response has been deeply inadequate. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters," 21 Nov. 2018 As the Washington Post reported, a survey from the Public Religion Research Institute and MTV has also shown that young women are more likely to have attended a protest and donated money to a campaign or cause, compared to young men. Li Zhou, Vox, "12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in politics," 6 Nov. 2018 Despite protests and opposition, President Trump arrived Tuesday, October 30, in Pittsburgh in response to the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday, October 27. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Following Synagogue Shooting, Trump's Visit to Pittsburgh Was Met With Protests," 30 Oct. 2018 Use your vigor, idealism, and drive to organize protests and marches, or even create a crazy weird political art display like in Sorry to Bother You or create a weird web series about politics. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About How You Should Prep for The 2018 Midterms," 11 Oct. 2018 After weeks of shocking accusations, loud protests, and hardball politics, Judge Kavanaugh is now Justice Kavanaugh. Fox News, "McConnell on marshalling the votes to confirm Kavanaugh," 7 Oct. 2018 Bird’s and Lime’s immediate reaction was to shut down their scooters in protest and call on their users to rally outside City Hall. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 Thanks to a protest and specifications no vendor could provide off the shelf, and despite Congressional backing for a replacement, the Huey may be guarding our nation's nukes for another five years at least. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Sitrep: The Air Force’s senior-citizen chopper may have to hold off retirement," 31 July 2018 On Tuesday, Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston announced the county was severing its jail contract with ICE, following months of protests and pressure over the county’s connection with ICE. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Richmond’s Mayor Butt meets ICE detainees," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The firm also linked liberal groups protesting Facebook to George Soros. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Will Facebook’s Grownups Please Stand Up," 21 Nov. 2018 Beyond the usual forum discussions and online petitions protesting the statement, the deaf and hard-of-hearing gaming community is particularly alarmed by the lack of concern. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Activision ignores accessibility guidelines, skips Spyro subtitles," 19 Nov. 2018 Those protesting the Big Maple trade might point to the M’s 17-year playoff drought, which is the longest in major American sports. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Like it or not, the Mariners had to trade James Paxton," 19 Nov. 2018 Some in the media like to treat politics like a horserace, but the people who cried out at town halls and protested the NRA knew better. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Pep Talk for Democrats: It's OK. We Won.," 7 Nov. 2018 Photos of the cleverer protests signs ricocheted around Twitter, as did videos of marching and chanting. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Google walkout offers a playbook for successful corporate protests," 2 Nov. 2018 Keep an eye out for chances to rally and protest in your area. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Trans Rights Organizations to Donate to Right Now," 22 Oct. 2018 The episodes when the ragtag, war-protesting Rock Singers enter have long been the most cringe-inducing for many listeners. New York Times, "Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?," 13 July 2018 Microsoft has endured its own share of criticism lately around the ethical uses of its technology, as employees protested a contract under which US Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses Microsoft’s cloud-computing service. Scott Thurm, WIRED, "Microsoft Calls For Federal Regulation of Facial Recognition," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of protest

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for protest

Noun

Middle English, from protester

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French protester, from Latin protestari, from pro- forth + testari to call to witness — more at pro-, testament

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protest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of protest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something said or done that shows disagreement with or disapproval of something

: an event at which people gather together to show strong disapproval about something

protest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of protest (Entry 2 of 2)

: to show or express strong disagreement with or disapproval of something ( US )

: to show or express strong disapproval of something at a public event with other people ( US )

: to say (something that other people do not agree with or believe) in a forceful way

protest

verb
pro·​test | \prə-ˈtest \
protested; protesting

Kids Definition of protest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to complain strongly about : object to Fans protested the umpire's decision.

2 : to declare positively : assert He protested his innocence.

Other Words from protest

protester \prə-​ˈte-​stər, ˈprō-​ˌte-​stər \ noun

protest

noun
pro·​test | \ˈprō-ˌtest \

Kids Definition of protest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a complaint or objection against an idea, an act, or a way of doing things

2 : an event in which people gather to show disapproval of something

protest

Medical Definition of protest 

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protest

noun
pro·​test

Legal Definition of protest 

1 : a solemn declaration of opinion and usually of disagreement: as

a : a solemn written declaration by a notary public or U.S. consul on behalf of the holder of an instrument (as a note) announcing dishonor and declaring the liability of all parties to the instrument for any loss or damage arising from such action also : the action of making or causing to be made such a declaration with due service of notice of dishonor

b : a declaration made by the master of a ship before a notary, consul, or other authorized officer upon arrival in port after a disaster declaring that any loss was not the fault of the crew but due to the disaster

c : a declaration made by a party especially before or while paying a tax or performing a demanded act by which the declarer asserts that the justice or legality of the tax or act is disputed and that compliance is not voluntary

2 : the act of objecting or a gesture of disapproval especially : a usually organized public demonstration of disapproval

under protest

: with noted objections (as of insufficient payment) and claims cashed a check under protest

Other Words from protest

protest verb

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