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

At a leadership retreat last year, organizers decided to spend less time on traditional protests and more on innovative rhetorical campaigns. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 With that, Trump moved on to Britain, where significant protests against him were expected. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump claims NATO allies will up spending," 12 July 2018 Additional, smaller protests are planned in other parts of the city and the country. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "President Trump Is Making His First Official Visit to the U.K. on Thursday: Here's What You Should Know," 11 July 2018 SportsPulse: Trysta Krick says the NFL's new policy on national anthem protests doesn't help anyone but the owners. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "NFLPA files grievance challenging league's new national anthem policy," 10 July 2018 Even though the visit has been downgraded, protests are still planned. Jen Kirby, Vox, "A giant “Trump Baby” balloon will greet Trump in London next week," 6 July 2018 The official ban on protests during the World Cup applies only to host cities. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "How Russia Gave Itself a Facelift for the World Cup," 4 July 2018 The killing of the opinion piece on the National School Walkout protest was the third instance of conflict between John Burdett, the principal of Prosper High School in Prosper, Tex., and the school’s news publication, Eagle Nation Online. Jaclyn Peiser, New York Times, "Hard News. Angry Administration. Teenage Journalists Know What It’s Like.," 1 July 2018 And people weren't the only ones marching; plenty of dogs got in on the protest, too. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Signs From the Families Belong Together Marches," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Labor rights groups were also protesting at 1215 N. 5th St., near the Bucks new arena. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Donald Trump to oversee groundbreaking of Foxconn in Wisconsin as dispute with Harley-Davidson continues," 28 June 2018 The couple protested, at which point the manager refused and called the police when his wife went back in anyway. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "#GoingToTheMoviesWhileBlack: Parents Say Movie Theater Manager Called Cops on Them After They Tried to Retrieve Kids from Cinema," 26 June 2018 Under the state of emergency, political intimidation has become routine, government opponents have been accused of terrorism, and press freedom and the right to protest have been significantly curtailed. New York Times, "Turkey’s Election: What to Watch For," 24 June 2018 Under the state of emergency, political intimidation has become routine, government opponents have been accused of terrorism, and press freedom and the right to protest have been significantly curtailed. Iliana Magra, BostonGlobe.com, "Stakes high in Turkish election, for Erdogan and the country," 23 June 2018 The right to protest is not a right to violate parking laws. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "ACLU suit targets law that bars horn honking at protests," 12 June 2018 Black voters agree, 85 percent to 11 percent, that players have the right to protest. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "NFL players who kneel during anthem aren't unpatriotic, most voters say," 7 June 2018 Most of those protesting outside the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, on the eastern coast of Scotland, were peaceful. CBS News, "10,000 protest Trump in Edinburgh, Scotland -- live updates," 14 July 2018 Dozens of neighbors protested in front of Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner's house in D.C.'s upscale Kalorama neighborhood, the Daily Mail reported. refinery29.com, "What Ivanka Did This Week: Pavers, Protests & Paid Family Leave," 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

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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

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