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

Despite protests from their parents and the caterer Max Hansen, Katie and Tylee were adamant about doing a family-style dinner. Meredith Heuer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Ermilio & Tylee Abbott's Wedding Turned Pennsylvania into the English Countryside—on a Horse Farm," 29 Apr. 2019 The government has cracked down violently on the protests, accusing opponents of trying to stage a coup. Gabriela Selser, The Seattle Times, "Nicaragua government vows to free prisoners, allow protests," 29 Mar. 2019 Savers presumed that the state, anxious to avoid protests and dissent, would step in and guarantee any WMP that became worthless due to poor investments. Diana Choyleva, WSJ, "Why China’s New Year Wasn’t Very Festive," 13 Feb. 2019 Willowdean decides to sign up for the pageant in protest and inspires a group of outcasts to do the same. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Netflix's "Dumplin'"," 15 Nov. 2018 The President is largely avoiding the British capital during his visit, as tens of thousands prepare to take the streets in protest at his policies. Dan Stewart, Time, "The 3 Big Takeaways from Donald Trump's Controversial Interview with The Sun," 13 July 2018 Muslim groups also plan to march in protest after Friday Prayer. New York Times, "Big Protests Greet Trump’s Visit to Britain," 12 July 2018 The sit-in protests that began in the 1960s resulted in the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC), which traces its own roots to training sessions at Highlander. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Fire at the Highlander Center Won’t Stop this Legendary Civil Rights Movement Training Organization," 10 Apr. 2019 Hay tells Vogue, referencing garment industry protests abroad and in America. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Batsheva Opens a Pop-Up Dressmaking Heaven in Time for NYFW," 4 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

No one appeared to be counter-protesting the event. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "'It’s just not the way our country should be': Crowds gather in Frankfort to decry U.S. immigration policy," 30 June 2018 Does Britain have a precedent of protesting against U.S. Presidents? Billy Perrigo, Time, "Thousands Are Expected to Join a 'Carnival of Resistance' in Britain to Protest Trump's Visit. Here's What to Know," 9 July 2018 To protest Russia’s homophobic discrimination, six activists from FELGTB decided to display the rainbow flag in plain sight … with soccer jerseys. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "6 activists formed a hidden LGBT rainbow flag with soccer jerseys at the World Cup in Russia," 8 July 2018 Winston was a community leader during the Keith Scott protests in Charlotte in September 2016. Steve Harrison And Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Democratic City Council member questions hosting 'highly divisive' GOP convention," 3 July 2018 This record presents them as a united front against unfair institutions — some that affect them directly, like Spotify, and others that affect the greater culture, like the NFL and its handling of protesting football players. refinery29.com, "We May Never Recover From These Beyoncé Lyrics On Everything Is Love," 17 June 2018 Since the first 300,000-strong protest on November 17, the movement of blue collar workers has been protesting every Saturday in cities and on highway roundabouts around the country. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and More Closed Saturday Ahead of Paris’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests," 7 Dec. 2018 Adam likely had something to do with it—after giving viewers a piece of his mind and protesting DeAndre’s place in the competition, Adam took to Twitter to garner as many votes as possible for his teammate. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Coach Adam Levine Once Told DeAndre Nico His Song Pick Was 'Trash'," 3 Dec. 2018 According to Sports Illustrated, this policy could result in lost wages for players who kneel, as protesting could lead to fines or suspensions from their team. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "NFL Players Association Challenges League Policy on Kneeling During National Anthem," 10 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
: 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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