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

Russia’s Interior Ministry said police detained 600 people Saturday at the unsanctioned protest. Washington Post, "Germany urges Russia to swiftly release Moscow protesters," 4 Aug. 2019 The protests expanded into a movement that led to the removal of Bashir after 30 years in power. Nada Rashwan, BostonGlobe.com, "Sudan factions sign agreement paving way for civilian rule," 4 Aug. 2019 While the vast majority of the city remains safe, the protests have affected daily life in many popular areas -- especially on weekends. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "After major Hong Kong shopping district rocked by chaos, twin protests loom," 4 Aug. 2019 The protest was livestreamed on Russian independent websites. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Moscow police detain scores, arrest opposition figure at rally protesting city council election ballot," 3 Aug. 2019 Ah Mook Sang established Puʻuhuluhulu less than a week after the protests began July 15, calling upon her former professors and colleagues to assist her in teaching the classes. NBC News, "Hawaiian protesters started a school on Mauna Kea to teach local culture to the next generation," 3 Aug. 2019 Kirkpatrick said the protest should be peaceful but disruptive enough to draw attention. Dallas News, "100 union catering workers are planning to get arrested while protesting American Airlines," 2 Aug. 2019 Just weeks later, protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. CBS News, "NYPD judge recommends firing officer over Eric Garner's chokehold death," 2 Aug. 2019 Just weeks later, protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Michael R. Sisak, chicagotribune.com, "Judge recommends firing the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner with chokehold in 2014," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On Saturday night, hundreds of them left their annual gala to protest after word spread of the shooting in El Paso. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Tattoos and tears: The moms ready to fight gun violence after more mass shootings," 5 Aug. 2019 In 1917, for example, more than 200 prostitutes marched on Central Methodist Church in San Francisco to protest an anti-prostitution campaign led by the church’s pastor. Anna North, Vox, "Sex workers have been fighting for decriminalization for generations. Now politicians are starting to listen.," 2 Aug. 2019 Foy said his group was there to protest de Blasio’s handing of the Eric Garner case. NBC News, "De Blasio reaches out to protesters," 1 Aug. 2019 Russian police violently dispersed thousands of people who thronged the streets of Moscow on Saturday to protest the move by election authorities. Jim Heintz, chicagotribune.com, "Russian police crack down violently on Moscow protesters, arresting nearly 1,400 people," 28 July 2019 The controversy even reached online furniture retailer Wayfair, where employees staged a walkout to protest the sale of beds to border camps. Sam Deanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A 26-year-old billionaire is building virtual border walls — and the federal government is buying," 26 July 2019 Dozens showed up to a City Hall meeting in late June to protest the decision, and hundreds signed an online petition to save the building, known for its mid-modern architecture. oregonlive.com, "Vendors see bittersweet change in Beaverton’s Curiosities Vintage mall move," 25 July 2019 In a sign that the issue is escalating, the ride-hail companies also paid drivers last week to protest the bill, known as AB5, in Sacramento. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Uber and Lyft paid drivers to protest the bill that could make them employees," 16 July 2019 EARLIER THIS year minicab drivers turned up to protest outside the offices of Transport for London (TFL). The Economist, "Uber drivers claim London’s congestion charge is racist," 11 July 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

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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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