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

The following Monday, protests erupted in the West Papuan capital Manokwari, soon spreading to other parts of the province. Time, "Protests in West Papua Have Turned Violent Amid an Internet Blackout. Here's What to Know," 29 Aug. 2019 In 2017, protests erupted after a white former St. Louis police officer was acquitted in the fatal 2011 shooting of a black man. Anita Hassan, NBC News, "'It feels like nowhere is safe': St. Louis children confront a wave of gun violence," 29 Aug. 2019 The protests forced police to mount a serious investigation and ultimately drove the former prime minister, Robert Fico, to resign. The Economist, "Messages may show corruption behind a Slovak journalist’s murder," 29 Aug. 2019 Pellet guns are commonly used by Indian security forces to disperse crowds in Kashmir, and protests have erupted when the local administration has lifted restrictions on movement. Mukhtar Ahmad, CNN, "Under the curtain: Kashmir residents contend with pellet guns and restrictions," 28 Aug. 2019 Reuters/Bobby Yip In all their creativity, the Hong Kong protests have sometimes surfaced unexpected figures. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, "Chairman Mao is making an appearance at the Hong Kong protests," 28 Aug. 2019 Organizing campaign Mobile Workers United Alliance didn’t get a permit for the protest but intended to fully cooperate with police, spokesman Mike Long said. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Buttigieg joins Uber, Lyft drivers in San Francisco gig-work protest," 27 Aug. 2019 Photos and videos from the protests showed demonstrators marching, chanting and holding signs high in the air. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Protesters Outside MTV VMAs Draw Attention to New Jersey Water Crisis," 27 Aug. 2019 The fear is that the area is about to ignite; even with phone lines cut, leaders in jail and soldiers on every street, protests are erupting. New York Times, "India’s Move in Kashmir: More Than 2,000 Rounded Up With No Recourse," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The bravery of young people who have been protesting on the streets of Hong Kong and Moscow is a powerful demonstration of what many in the West seem to have forgotten. The Economist, "The corrupting of democracy," 29 Aug. 2019 Ever since the rechristening, Attappadi’s tribals have been protesting through meetings and sloganeering. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "In a tribal corner of India, two worlds are clashing over an elephant—and his name," 28 Aug. 2019 Sanders did not shy away from discussing coal miners in his speech, offering support for the former Blackjewel miners protesting in Harlan County and criticizing coal company CEOs for cheating workers out of pensions and benefits. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Bernie Sanders calls on Mitch McConnell to 'stop your cowardice' in Louisville rally," 25 Aug. 2019 As student-union groups continued to protest for democracy, Nigeria’s fraternities descended into violence. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 The communist gathering drew the disdain of the opposition groups that have been protesting since July. Will Englund, Washington Post, "Communists turn out for protest in Moscow," 17 Aug. 2019 However, the rapper doesn’t want people to stop protesting. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Colin Kaepernick Marks 3 Years Since He First Took a Knee in the Wake of JAY-Z's NFL Deal," 15 Aug. 2019 While organizations like Never Again Action have been protesting around immigrants’ rights and detention conditions, some Jews and Jewish organizations don’t feel the same way. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Activists and protesters rally at private prison company Geo Group’s new Boca Raton headquarters | PHOTOS," 13 Aug. 2019 Activists have been protesting outside his office in University City every Friday for the last month, demanding the congressman support the Green New Deal and hold a public forum to discuss issues around the climate crisis. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Rep. Scott Peters nixes town hall on climate crisis," 29 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

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protest verb

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