What does protest mean?

Definitions for protest
ˈproʊ tɛst; prəˈtɛst, ˈproʊ tɛstprotest

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word protest.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. protest, protestationnoun

    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, dissentnoun

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

  3. protestverb

    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. protestverb

    utter words of protest

  5. protest, resist, dissentverb

    express opposition through action or words

    "dissent to the laws of the country"

  6. protestverb

    affirm or avow formally or solemnly

    "The suspect protested his innocence"


  1. protestnoun

    A formal objection, especially one by a group.

    They lodged a protest with the authorities.

  2. protestnoun

    A collective gesture of disapproval: a demonstration.

    We held a protest in front of City Hall.

  3. protestverb

    To make a strong objection.

  4. protestverb

    To affirm (something).

  5. protestverb

    To object to.

    They protested the demolition of the school.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Protestverb

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

  2. Protestverb

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

  3. Protestverb

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

  4. Protestverb

    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

  9. Etymology: [Cf. F. prott, It. protesto. See Protest, v.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Protest

    prō-test′, v.i. to bear witness before others: to declare openly: to give a solemn declaration of opinion (against).—v.t. to make a solemn declaration of: to note, as a bill of exchange, on account of non-acceptance or non-payment: (rare) to call as a witness: (obs.) to publish, make known: (Shak.) to vow.—n. Prō′test, a solemn or formal declaration, esp. in writing, expressing dissent: the noting by a notary-public of an unpaid or unaccepted bill: a written declaration, usually by the master of a ship, stating the circumstances attending loss or injury of ship or cargo, &c.—adj. Prot′estant, protesting: pertaining to the faith of those who protest against the errors of the Church of Rome.—n. one of those who, in 1529, protested against an edict of Charles V. and the Diet of Spires denouncing the Reformation: a member of one of those churches founded by the Reformers: one who protests.—v.t. Prot′estantise.—ns. Prot′estantism, the Protestant religion: state of being a Protestant; Protestā′tion, an act of protesting: a solemn declaration: a declaration of dissent: a declaration in pleading; Prot′estātor; Protest′er.—adv. Protest′ingly. [Fr.,—L. protestāri, -ātus, to bear witness in public—pro, before, testāritestis, a witness.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. protest

    A formal declaration drawn up in writing, and attested before a notary-public, a justice of the peace, or a consul in foreign parts, by the master of a merchant-ship, his mate, and a part of the ship's crew, after the expiration of a voyage in which the ship has suffered in her hull, rigging, or cargo, to show that such damage did not happen through neglect or misconduct on their part.

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 for protest »

  1. potters

  2. spotter

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of protest in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of protest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of protest in a Sentence

  1. Immigration Services spokesman Michael Bars:

    USCIS is committed to protecting U.S. workers, the integrity of our immigration system, and our laws, those forcing a government shutdown in order to protest border security only hurt the interests of the people they're supposed to put first.

  2. Jeffrey Dorenzo:

    So Cuomo is going to attend our playoff game after telling us that we can only attend at less than 10% capacity? If he thinks he has more right to a seat in that stadium over people who have waited over 20 years for this opportunity, then people better be there to protest his entry, this is OUR team! This is OUR home. We dont want you here.

  3. Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan:

    I think everybody has a right to protest and express their feelings. A couple of dozen people did so yesterday. And they have every right to do that.

  4. Jack Petocz:

    On the day of protest, they tried to take away our Pride flags and stop us from distributing them at the event, i resisted, because Pride flags are a symbol of our community, of our embrace of our queerness, and when you have these bills trying to target and silence queer youth, I didn't understand. I thought it was irrational to try to take away our Pride flags at a rally that is about anti-gay legislation.

  5. Farhan Zaidi:

    We support those who knelt to peacefully protest racial injustice and those who stood to express love of country. We do not see these as mutually exclusive sentiments and believe freedom to express both is what our country is about.

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  • احتجاج, اعترضArabic
  • протестBulgarian
  • protesta, protestarCatalan, Valencian
  • protestovat, protestCzech
  • Demonstration, [[Einspruch]] [[erheben]], demonstrieren, Protest, [[Einwände]] [[äußern]], protestierenGerman
  • διαμαρτύρομαι, διαμαρτυρίαGreek
  • protesti, protestoEsperanto
  • protesta, protestarSpanish
  • vakuuttaa, mielenosoitus, vastalause, vastustaa, protesti, protestoidaFinnish
  • mótmæliFaroese
  • manifestation, protestation, protesterFrench
  • agóidIrish
  • מחאהHebrew
  • hangoztat, tiltakozik, kijelent, tiltakozás, megerősítHungarian
  • protesta, protestareItalian
  • プロテスト, 抗議Japanese
  • პროტესტიGeorgian
  • 항의하다Korean
  • mautohetanga, mautoheMāori
  • protestactie, protesteren, manifestatie, protestDutch
  • protestereNorwegian
  • protestPolish
  • protesto, protestarPortuguese
  • protestaRomanian
  • протест, протестовать, [[торжественный, [[клятвенный, уверятьRussian
  • protestovati, prosvedovati, протест, protestirati, prosvjedovati, протестоватиSerbo-Croatian
  • ugovarjati, protest, ugovor, protestiratiSlovene
  • protestera, försäkra, inlägga, gensaga, protest, bedyraSwedish
  • నిరసన ప్రదర్శన, నిరసించు, నిరసనTelugu
  • протестUkrainian
  • احتجاجUrdu
  • 抗议Chinese

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    proceed or issue forth, as from a source
    • A. affront
    • B. rumpus
    • C. emanate
    • D. abase

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