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

On one side: that rain, those hipsters, those protests. oregonlive, "Pendleton Round-Up showcases the other side of Oregon," 14 Sep. 2019 But the move turned the election into a referendum on the government’s record, leading to a much stronger protest vote than anyone had expected. The Economist, "Local elections embarrass the Kremlin," 14 Sep. 2019 Their first protest in Boston in early July shut down traffic during rush hour to protest immigration detention in the city. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "In Boston, activists march to protest companies doing business with ICE," 5 Sep. 2019 Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the league in October 2017 and alleged that NFL teams conspired to not sign him in free agency due to his protest of racial injustice and police brutality. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Colin Kaepernick Posts Training Video With Odell Beckham Jr," 4 Sep. 2019 In mid-June, Qiao attended his first protest, which reconnected him with other parents who hadn’t found the same route to the middle class. New York Times, "Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?," 30 Aug. 2019 The Swedish teenager has become the figurehead of a burgeoning movement of youth climate activists after her weekly protests inspired student strikes in more than 100 cities worldwide. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Crowds welcome climate activist Thunberg to New York," 28 Aug. 2019 In the final chapter of their protests, they were outnumbered by others with competing interests, including moonshine liquor-makers who wanted unfettered access to rural roads leading into towns and cities. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Margarine smugglers, a deadly milk war and more flavor Wisconsin's dairy history," 28 Aug. 2019 This conversation with Bryce doesn't stop Jessica from going through with her protest. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why," 24 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Players responded by protesting en masse. Kaepernick hasn't played since the 2016 season. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Colin Kaepernick's Nike Ad Wins 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Commercial," 16 Sep. 2019 The demonstrators were Greenpeace USA activists protesting the use of fossil fuels. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 The demonstrators were Greenpeace USA activists protesting the use of fossil fuels. CBS News, "Greenpeace protesters who dangled from bridge over vital ship channel arrested," 13 Sep. 2019 Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong have spent months protesting the mainland’s efforts to curtail the city-state’s liberal and quasi-democratic system. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Liberalism Is at a Crossroads, Not a Dead End," 12 Sep. 2019 But there’s a thin line between boisterous and blasphemous, and both Christians (who didn’t like seeing Judas as a protagonist) and Jews (who worried about the villainous depictions of Herod and Caiaphas) ended up protesting the work. Eric Grode, New York Times, "From ‘Sex’ to ‘Superstar,’ 10 Plays That Caused a Stir," 11 Sep. 2019 The current Board of Commissioners’ handling of the case had come under scrutiny, with several locals speaking out against the settlement in a commissioners meeting, by protesting outside another meeting and through written op-eds. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Judge signs Carroll County prayer settlement, bringing lawsuit to a close," 10 Sep. 2019 There's some dispute about whether the referee's call, which Dimond's coach has protested, would have been correct if the girl had done so, or if swimmers can be penalized for failing to realize that their suit has bunched up. oregonlive, "‘Wedgies happen’ -- Curvy girl swimmer disqualified after official judges school-issued suit too revealing," 10 Sep. 2019 But that did not stop communist activists from protesting near the entrance of the museum on Sunday. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Exhibition on Nazi Design Shows the Challenges of Presenting Third Reich Iconography Within a Museum Setting," 10 Sep. 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

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
: 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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