protest

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

Essential Meaning of protest

1 : something said or done that shows disagreement with or disapproval of something He heard protests from the crowd. She told him to go to bed despite his protests that he wasn't tired. See More ExamplesThere were cries/howls 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. He paid the fine under protest. [=he paid the fine although he objected to it]Hide
2 : an event at which people gather together to show strong disapproval about something The students launched/held/staged a protest against the tuition increase. an antiwar protest a protest march/demonstration/rally

Full 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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Verb

protester or protestor \ prə-​ˈte-​stər How to pronounce protest (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 The Americans, who had the lead when the buzzer sounded the first time, protest in vain. Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 The first push for union recognition and worker recognition was not for more pay alone but a protest about conditions, and the end of child labor and public education. Teresa Ghilarducci, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 Against the advice of military advisers, President Donald Trump briefly considered invoking the Insurrection Act to squash the Lafayette Square protest, which Goitein said would have been an abuse of the law. Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2021 The Taliban, which on Tuesday promised a more inclusive government by involving women, cracked down on a protest – rarely seen in Afghanistan. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2021 But mask rules have nevertheless drawn fierce protest, including takeovers of school board meetings, from activists who worry about side effects, question the need and say parents should decide. Lindsay Whitehurst, Chron, 15 Aug. 2021 Sam follows her into a silent protest at school, as well as a march in downtown Anchorage, unintentionally and briefly becoming the public face of antiwar activism in the city. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Aug. 2021 The series also includes lectures examining the factors and facets of an extraordinary year that would see seismic shifts triggered by political upheaval, civil protest, pop culture movement, scientific advancement and environmental awareness. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 13 Aug. 2021 But mask rules have nevertheless drawn fierce protest, including takeovers of school board meetings, from activists who worry about side effects, question the need and say parents should decide. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Afghan women took to the streets of Kabul to protest for a second consecutive day, outraged by the formation of a hard-line Taliban government and posing an unfamiliar challenge to an Islamist movement that has never tackled peaceful demonstrations. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, on Thursday, dozens of Afghan women took to the streets in western Afghanistan to protest Taliban restrictions on their right to work and seek education. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 On Saturday, the country recorded its highest single-day caseload since the pandemic began, while thousands of people took to the streets to protest against prolonged lockdowns. Nectar Gan, CNN, 23 Aug. 2021 After millions took to the streets to protest fraud in the 2009 Presidential election, Raisi had a pivotal role in the crackdown and prosecution of hundreds of protesters in the Green Movement. Robin Wrigh, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2021 Thousands of Cubans took to the streets July 11 to protest food and medicine shortages, power outages and spiraling prices, prompting the largest protests seen on the communist island in three decades. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 The White House meeting comes almost three weeks after unusual July 11 protests in which thousands of Cubans took to the streets in Havana and other cities to protest shortages, power outages and government policies. Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 On July 11, thousands of Cubans took to the streets to protest the island’s appalling political and economic conditions. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 23 July 2021 Earlier this month, thousands of Cubans took to the streets in Havana and other cities across the island to protest food shortages and high prices during the coronavirus crisis. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 23 July 2021

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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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The first known use of protest was in the 15th century

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“Protest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protest. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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

Medical Definition of protest

protest

noun
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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

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