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 Last month, Haskel was arrested by police for allegedly holding a protest without a permit, but was later released without charges. Washington Post, "Israeli police break up anti-Netanyahu protest in Jerusalem," 13 July 2020 Before every protest, Camille Bennett performs a spiritual ritual consisting of prayers of protection, empowering affirmations and an hour-long rest for her mind and bones. al, "Groups vow to continue fight to relocate Confederate statues, say Alabama law ‘immoral’," 13 July 2020 West Chester received some negative attention when township leaders imposed a 30-day curfew in response to a Black Lives Matter protest in early June. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "'We are what America should be.' 4 Democratic women are challenging Greater Cincinnati's GOP congressmen," 13 July 2020 Activists organized Sunday’s protest at the end of June, after police found flyers threatening Black Lives Matter supporters in the name of a white-power group. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Protesters gather in Martinez for major Black Lives Matter demonstration," 12 July 2020 On Saturday, about 100 people joined The Haymarket Pole Cooperative in participating in the StripperStrikePDX protest, which began about 3:30 p.m. on Southeast Madison Street. oregonlive, "Portland protests continue for 45th day with stripper, skater, BLM events," 12 July 2020 Carrianne Branigan organized the protest and said the county's decision puts more responsibility on rescues to save the animals from being euthanized. Helena Wegner, The Arizona Republic, "With director gone, some raise new concerns about Maricopa County animal shelter," 12 July 2020 The song with the silky, layered vocals and an emphatic protest message was topical when Gaye cut it in 1970. Brian Mccollum, Freep.com, "Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' still relevant and revealing, 50 years on," 12 July 2020 Eight arrests were made Friday night in Detroit after a protest broke out at the site of a police shooting. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "8 arrests made during Friday protests after Detroit police fatally shoot man," 11 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The lawsuit said Foley and his daughter came downtown to protest and deliver water and sandwiches to peaceful demonstrators gathered after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Civil rights groups say D.C. police aided clearing of Lafayette Square on June 1," 8 July 2020 In Phoenix, Garcia's death prompted people to protest the Police Department on Sunday and Monday evening, demanding justice for Garcia's family. Uriel J. Garcia, The Arizona Republic, "Police release video from fatal police shooting in Maryvale; protests continue," 7 July 2020 In El Paso, more than 100 protesters marched to Fort Bliss on Saturday to protest the Army’s handling of the case and demand accountability from authorities. Kelsey Bradshaw, USA TODAY, "Texas woman tied to slaying of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen appears in court," 7 July 2020 Some to protest, some to spectate and some simply to attend Mass and return to their cars. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Ideologies clash at Carmel church amid protests over statements made by suspended pastor," 6 July 2020 Some Native American groups used Trump's visit to protest the Mount Rushmore memorial itself, pointing out that the Black Hills were taken from the Lakota people. Stephen Groves, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump to give fiery speech at Mount Rushmore amid protests and pandemic," 4 July 2020 Some Native American groups used Trump's visit to protest the Mount Rushmore memorial itself, pointing out that the Black Hills were taken from the Lakota people. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Watch: Donald Trump to give fiery speech at Mount Rushmore amid coronavirus, protests," 4 July 2020 In many cities, the protests actually seemed to lead to a net increase in social distancing, as more people who did not protest decided to stay off the streets, said that study’s lead author, Dhaval Dave of Bentley University. Mike Stobbe And Nicky Forster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Spike in virus cases not driven by protests, experts say," 3 July 2020 People were in the street — not to protest, but to go about their business. oregonlive, "Judge urges city of Portland and journalists, legal observers to work out temporary solution on protest encounters before weekend," 2 July 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protest. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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

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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