protest

noun
pro·​test | \ ˈprō-ˌtest How to pronounce protest (audio) \

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 How to pronounce protest (audio) , 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 How to pronounce protestor (audio) , 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 What started as a student protest against rising metro fares has spiraled into widespread clashes with government forces because of concerns over inequality and corruption. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Copa Libertadores final moved from Chile to Peru because of civil unrest," 6 Nov. 2019 On Sunday, a group of people who wanted to change the name back staged a protest at the Paseo Baptist Church where a rally was being held in support of naming the street after King. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Kansas City voters to decide if road will continue to be named for Martin Luther King Jr.," 5 Nov. 2019 His comments were made through a Facebook Live broadcast after police called off their news conference when six journalists staged a protest and refused to leave. BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong police say knife-wielding attacker detained - The Boston Globe," 5 Nov. 2019 As a result, many viewers perceived the situation not as a protest of real censorship but as a meta-joke. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "“Evil,” “9-1-1,” and the Appeal of the Network Procedural," 4 Nov. 2019 The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association filed a protest against the petition that rendered its signatures invalid. Fox News, "Permitless gun carry in Oklahoma takes effect," 2 Nov. 2019 Even some Stanford students held a protest against the plan and called for more housing. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Stanford withdraws giant campus expansion after backlash over growth," 1 Nov. 2019 Students held a monthlong sit-in at the school’s main administration building to demand the university reverse its plan, a protest that only ended after police arrested seven people. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins accepting applications for police accountability board, a step toward creating new department," 1 Nov. 2019 The actor spoke to PEOPLE in July 2017 before he was sentenced to jail time after he was arrested for a 2015 protest. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "James Cromwell Arrested at Texas A&M University While Protesting Dog Lab Testing at the School," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Police fired tear gas and deployed a water cannon in various parts of the city on Monday and charged onto the campus of Chinese University, where students were protesting. Alice Fung, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire," 11 Nov. 2019 Police units in some cities started protesting Friday, marching in the streets in uniform as anti-government protesters cheered them from the sidewalks. Washington Post, "Police abandon posts outside Bolivia’s presidential palace," 10 Nov. 2019 These high-empathy students were also more likely to be amused by reports that students protesting the speech had injured a bystander sympathetic to the speaker. Wired, "Empathy Is Tearing Us Apart," 9 Nov. 2019 Last month, Harvey Weinstein attended an event in New York for aspiring comedians, and an attendee who protested his presence was kicked out of the venue. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "How The Morning Show Interrogates the #MeToo Debate," 7 Nov. 2019 The club would later close in the mid-90s after nearby residents vociferously protested its presence, leading to a crackdown against adult businesses in the area. Brett Clarkson, sun-sentinel.com, "‘At the Dollhouse in Fort Lauderdale...’ and other South Florida rock, pop and indie shoutouts | Listen," 6 Nov. 2019 Over the weekend, dozens of people messaged or called into Backcountry.com’s sales channels and protested the company’s behavior. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, "Why Thousands of People Are Mad at Backcountry," 6 Nov. 2019 Audioslave briefly reunited in early 2017, months before Cornell's death, for Prophets of Rage's Anti-Inaugural Ball, protesting the election of Donald Trump. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Here's Everything Rage Against the Machine Has Been Up to Since Their Split," 6 Nov. 2019 The generation reaching what might be seen as the peak-protesting years of the late teens and early 20s have come of age since the global financial crisis of 2007-08. The Economist, "Why are so many countries witnessing mass protests?," 4 Nov. 2019

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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
How to pronounce protest (audio)

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
How to pronounce protest (audio)

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

: to show or express strong disagreement with or disapproval of something
: to show or express strong disapproval of something at a public event with other people
: to say (something that other people do not agree with or believe) in a forceful way

protest

verb
pro·​test | \ prə-ˈtest How to pronounce protest (audio) \
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 How to pronounce protest (audio) \

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

Other Words from protest

protest verb

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