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

Nationwide protests were planned for Friday, with the big one scheduled for central London. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Britain greets Trump with protests, Baby Trump balloon," 13 July 2018 Still, Klan attacks probably made farmworkers less militant in their protests, so growers may well have appreciated the Klan’s intimidating influence. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 The document said the protests would cause a crisis in national security at a time when North Korea was expected to launch provocations over South Korea’s springtime military drills with the United States. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "South Korea to probe military plan to quell Park protests," 10 July 2018 By C-SPAN Many Christians who oppose Trump also cite Bible passages to justify their protests against, for example, his administration's hard-line policies against undocumented immigrants. Tim Funk, charlotteobserver, "Franklin Graham: Wear your support for President Trump — for $15.99," 9 July 2018 Of course, her protest provoked admiration on Twitter. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Man, Twitter Loves a Good Civil War Meme, Huh?," 8 July 2018 Her protest turned into a nearly three-hour standoff with police. Essence.com, "Here Is Everything We Know About The Badass Black Woman Who Climbed The Statue Of Liberty," 5 July 2018 After initially appealing the ban, Straily dropped his protest following his last start Monday against the Diamondbacks. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Preview: Mets at Marlins, Sunday, 1:10 p.m.," 30 June 2018 Despite his Jungerman's protest, his trial date is set for late February. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Man accused of killing Brookside attorney complains he wants earlier trial," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On Wednesday, members of a direct-action organization called Rise and Resist were protesting the Trump administration's immigration policies in front of the Statue of Liberty and calling to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Luke Darby, GQ, "ICE Protester Who Scaled Statue of Liberty on Fourth of July Is a Goddamn Hero," 5 July 2018 Teigen shared a photo of herself on Instagram on stage at the Families Belong Together march in Los Angeles on Saturday wearing her 6-week-old son, Miles, while giving a speech protesting President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Melissa Locker, Time, "Chrissy Teigen Brought Her Son to Immigration March," 2 July 2018 When: June 27, all day The Center for Community Change is hosting a day of events to protest Trump’s immigration policies. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Everything To Know About The Zero Tolerance Immigration Protest on June 30," 26 June 2018 The speakers, who included former San Antonio mayor and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and 88-year-old civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, protested the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Mike Hixenbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Protests continue as Trump administration moves to reunite separated families," 24 June 2018 Nationwide rallies have been held protesting the policies. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Phoenix church hosts Father's Day rally to protest immigration policy separating migrant families," 16 June 2018 To our eyes, this sudden change seems arbitrary and, to be charitable, specifically targeted at those protesting policies of those in political power. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "State reps ask if blocking protesters at Capitol was unconstitutional," 6 June 2018 Allen held a rally at the border last weekend to protest sanctuary policies that protect some undocumented immigrants. Joshua Stewart, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Newsom tours San Diego senior center as voters prepare to go to polls," 31 May 2018 At times thousands of pipeline opponents gathered in the region to protest the $3.8 billion project to move North Dakota oil to Illinois, but the effort didn’t stop the project. Washington Post, "Woman gets prison for firing gun during pipeline protest," 11 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

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

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