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

Sustained protests have rocked Hong Kong for more than a month, sparked off by a bill that would allow extraditions to the mainland. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Hong Kong protesters seek to educate mainland Chinese about their struggle around city train station," 8 July 2019 In the chaos of an ambush against Dallas officers at the end of a July 7, 2016, protest downtown, adrenaline surged through Barrientos’ body as blood poured out of his wounded finger. Dallas News, "For Dallas-area officers coping with trauma after July 7 ambush and other shootings, a focus on mental wellness," 7 July 2019 The cycle of change included protests during the national anthem, discourse on sexuality and gender rights. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Greatest version of greatest women’s team ever: US wins fourth World Cup," 7 July 2019 Organizers said about 230,000 turned out for Sunday’s protests. New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Take Their Message to Chinese Tourists," 7 July 2019 Police put the turnout during Sunday's protests at 56,000, while organizers said 230,000 attended. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Hong Kong protesters take to Kowloon, in bid to appeal to mainland Chinese tourists," 7 July 2019 Although the police presence was heavy, protests remained peaceful as of noon. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, "Far-right extremists Proud Boys outnumbered by counter-protesters at Washington, DC, rally," 6 July 2019 Courtesy of the artists and Angelika Li An exhibition of Hong Kong art in Switzerland that coincided with the city’s biggest protests ever became, briefly, a cultural reference point for understanding Hong Kong’s political struggles. Vivienne Chow, Quartzy, "An art show in Switzerland became an accidental lens into Hong Kong’s protests," 4 July 2019 Doris Toyou, a Cameroonian lawyer living in Washington, who supports groups behind Saturday’s protest in Geneva, said Switzerland could not be trusted in talks. Paula Dupraz-dobias, Quartz Africa, "The Swiss luxury getaway of Cameroon’s president Biya has become a hotbed of conflict," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last month, employees of Wayfair, an online furniture seller, walked off their jobs at the company’s headquarters in Boston to protest the sale of $200,000 worth of furniture to BCFS for the Carrizo Springs shelter. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "A San Antonio nonprofit and a local caterer are hired for new migrant children’s shelter," 5 July 2019 In a bid to stir his base, the president has whipped up an inordinate amount of fuss about a black player protesting during the national anthem. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. women’s team take on Trump," 2 July 2019 The group has protested several times, including in front of Cuyahoga County Council. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Activists protest Cuyahoga County Jail conditions at Justice Center," 1 July 2019 On Twitter, people have been vociferously protesting the Kimono brand since it was announced earlier in the week, with the hashtag #KimOhNo. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Read the letter from Kyoto’s mayor to Kim Kardashian protesting “Kimono” shapewear," 30 June 2019 Over the past year, workers at Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Amazon have each protested their employer’s decision to work with the US military or Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Wayfair Employees Are Walking Out. Here's Why," 26 June 2019 In response, some families have protested outside offices of the big insulin makers, with some bringing ashes of their children that died after rationing their insulin. Ed Silverman, BostonGlobe.com, "Insulin rationing higher among US diabetics than worldwide rate, survey finds," 21 June 2019 The Enquirer/Bowdeya Tweh General Electric retirees plan to protest cuts in health benefits and no cost-of-living increases for pensions during a Downtown rally Friday at the Global Operations Center at The Banks. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "GE retirees to protest health benefit, pension issues Downtown," 20 June 2019 For more than a year, activists led by photographer Nan Goldin have protested at some of these institutions to spotlight the source of the family's wealth and the consequences of the crisis. oregonlive.com, "Jeff Merkley wants Smithsonian to remove Sackler name over role in opioid crisis," 19 June 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

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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