Definitions for protestˈproʊ tɛst; prəˈtɛst, ˈproʊ tɛst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•test*ˈproʊ tɛst; prəˈtɛst, ˈproʊ tɛst(n.; v.)

  1. an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent, often in opposition to something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid.

  2. Law.a formal statement of protest, disputing the legality of a tax or other exaction.

    Category: Law

  3. (v.i.)to give manifest expression to objection or disapproval; remonstrate.

  4. to make solemn or earnest declaration.

  5. (v.t.)to make a protest or remonstrance against; object to.

  6. to say in protest or remonstrance.

  7. to declare solemnly or earnestly.

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Origin of protest:

1350–1400; (n.) ME < MF (F protêt), der. of protester to protest < L prōtestārī to declare publicly



Princeton's WordNet

  1. protest, protestation(noun)

    a formal and solemn declaration of objection

    "they finished the game under protest to the league president"; "the senator rose to register his protest"; "the many protestations did not stay the execution"

  2. protest, objection, dissent(noun)

    the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent

  3. protest(verb)

    the act of making a strong public expression of disagreement and disapproval

    "he shouted his protests at the umpire"; "a shower of protest was heard from the rear of the hall"

  4. protest(verb)

    utter words of protest

  5. protest, resist, dissent(verb)

    express opposition through action or words

    "dissent to the laws of the country"

  6. protest(verb)

    affirm or avow formally or solemnly

    "The suspect protested his innocence"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. protest(noun)ˈproʊ tɛst; v. prəˈtɛst, ˈproʊ tɛst

    the expression of strong disagreement

    They left the meeting in protest at the decision.; complaints and protests from viewers

  2. protestˈproʊ tɛst; v. prəˈtɛst, ˈproʊ tɛst

    an occasion when people go to a public place to express opposition

    anti-war protests

  3. protest(verb)ˈproʊ tɛst; v. prəˈtɛst, ˈproʊ tɛst

    to express opposition to sth in public

    thousands of people protesting (against) the war

  4. protestˈproʊ tɛst; v. prəˈtɛst, ˈproʊ tɛst

    to insist sth is true

    "I'll never do it again," he protested.


  1. protest(Noun)

    A formal objection, especially one by a group.

    They lodged a protest with the authorities.

  2. protest(Noun)

    A collective gesture of disapproval: a demonstration.

    We held a protest in front of City Hall.

  3. protest(Verb)

    To make a strong objection.

  4. protest(Verb)

    To affirm (something).

  5. protest(Verb)

    To object to.

    They protested the demolition of the school.

  6. Origin: From verb protesten, from protester, from protestari, present active infinitive of protestor, from pro + testor, from testis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Protest(verb)

    to affirm in a public or formal manner; to bear witness; to declare solemnly; to avow

  2. Protest(verb)

    to make a solemn declaration (often a written one) expressive of opposition; -- with against; as, he protest against your votes

  3. Protest(verb)

    to make a solemn declaration or affirmation of; to proclaim; to display; as, to protest one's loyalty

  4. Protest(verb)

    to call as a witness in affirming or denying, or to prove an affirmation; to appeal to

  5. Protest

    a solemn declaration of opinion, commonly a formal objection against some act; especially, a formal and solemn declaration, in writing, of dissent from the proceedings of a legislative body; as, the protest of lords in Parliament

  6. Protest

    a solemn declaration in writing, in due form, made by a notary public, usually under his notarial seal, on behalf of the holder of a bill or note, protesting against all parties liable for any loss or damage by the nonacceptance or nonpayment of the bill, or by the nonpayment of the note, as the case may be

  7. Protest

    a declaration made by the master of a vessel before a notary, consul, or other authorized officer, upon his arrival in port after a disaster, stating the particulars of it, and showing that any damage or loss sustained was not owing to the fault of the vessel, her officers or crew, but to the perils of the sea, etc., ads the case may be, and protesting against them

  8. Protest

    a declaration made by a party, before or while paying a tax, duty, or the like, demanded of him, which he deems illegal, denying the justice of the demand, and asserting his rights and claims, in order to show that the payment was not voluntary


  1. Protest

    A protest is an expression of objection, by words or by actions, to particular events, policies or situations. Protests can take many different forms, from individual statements to mass demonstrations. Protesters may organize a protest as a way of publicly making their opinions heard in an attempt to influence public opinion or government policy, or they may undertake direct action in an attempt to directly enact desired changes themselves. Where protests are part of a systematic and peaceful campaign to achieve a particular objective, and involve the use of pressure as well as persuasion, they go beyond mere protest and may be better described as cases of civil resistance or nonviolent resistance. Various forms of self-expression and protest are sometimes restricted by governmental policy, economic circumstances, religious orthodoxy, social structures, or media monopoly. When such restrictions occur, protests may assume the form of open civil disobedience, more subtle forms of resistance against the restrictions, or may spill over into other areas such as culture and emigration. A protest can itself sometimes be the subject of a counter-protest. In such a case, counter-protesters demonstrate their support for the person, policy, action, etc. that is the subject of the original protest.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'protest' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3449

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'protest' in Nouns Frequency: #1117

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'protest' in Verbs Frequency: #626

Anagrams of protest

  1. potters

  2. spotter

Translations for protest

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to express a strong objection

They are protesting against the new law.

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