Definition of protest in English:

protest

noun

Pronunciation /ˈprəʊtɛst/
  • 1A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.

    ‘the British team lodged an official protest’
    mass noun ‘two senior scientists resigned in protest’
    • ‘In protest, town officials took down their provincial flags.’
    • ‘My stomach grumbled in protest to all the junk I had gorged myself on.’
    • ‘In protest, the remaining seven members of the board resigned.’
    • ‘In protest, the new minister in town organized a bus boycott.’
    • ‘The news that budgetary considerations meant it would not be returning to the screens in the New Year drew strong protests from the public and the media.’
    • ‘In protest, she has been withholding rent for the past six months which has resulted in her being sued by her landlord, she says.’
    • ‘And neither are condemnatory statements and protests, although they do serve the purpose of highlighting this scourge in our society.’
    • ‘In protest, some believers adopted a way of life known as monasticism.’
    • ‘I have seen her shriek in protest, and then stop it when she seriously objects.’
    • ‘In protest against the police behaviour, they went on the road to block traffic.’
    • ‘The government proposed phone charge increases of an average 35 percent in January, but delayed the hike due to strong protests from the public.’
    • ‘And the new structure prompted angry protests from residents.’
    • ‘In protest over the delay, Mr Smith began withholding rent in December, 1995.’
    • ‘Jacqueline opened her mouth in protest, but at his obvious disapproval, decided against it.’
    • ‘In protest, the opposition did not participate in the vote, speaking of fraud and a ‘law of shame.’’
    • ‘The ravaged stretch - neglected for a decade - had drawn strong protests from the public.’
    • ‘Anyone in their right mind would have stormed out in protest, holding their stomachs.’
    • ‘I grumbled in protest, but reached for my keys anyway.’
    • ‘Instead, this is the moment to storm out in protest.’
    • ‘Hannah wails as she throws herself on the floor and clings to her mother's legs in protest.’
    objection, exception, complaint, disapproval, disagreement, opposition, challenge, dissent, demurral, remonstration, expostulation, fuss, outcry
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    1. 1.1 An organized public demonstration expressing strong objection to an official policy or course of action.
      ‘a protest over planned pit closures’
      as modifier ‘a protest march’
      • ‘She said that following an interview on North West Radio to gauge public reaction to a protest rally, she was inundated with phone calls of support.’
      • ‘About 3,000 striking workers launched a sit-in hunger protest on July 2, outside the Health Ministry.’
      • ‘Last week's protests came weeks after a general strike against the cuts paralysed the country.’
      • ‘In Australia and New Zealand there are enough victims of real estate crooks to form a protest march to rival any public demonstration.’
      • ‘People are making their own efforts to organise demonstrations and protest marches.’
      • ‘Yet their only " crime " was to seek to organize peaceful anti-government protests.’
      • ‘The protesters congregated outside parliament before holding a sit-down protest in front of Downing Street.’
      • ‘Last week's protest far exceeded the expectations of the organisers, who had predicted 100,000 would attend.’
      • ‘The struggle against war cannot consist merely of organizing one protest demonstration after another.’
      • ‘A protest march is planned to take place on Thursday February 13.’
      • ‘The weekend's protests began in Melbourne, Australia, where 150,000 converged on the centre of the city.’
      • ‘Many different forms of student protest have already been organised.’
      • ‘The incidences of violent crime are ongoing, and the more horrific ones usually spark some kind of immediate public reaction like a protest or a march.’
      • ‘And demonstration, marches, protests are part of democracy.’
      • ‘As the peaceful sit-down protest was winding down the police announced they would forcefully remove people.’
      • ‘The protest demonstrations prior to the outbreak of war were the largest in history.’
      • ‘The clashes were followed by protests on Tuesday, which were broken up by riot police.’
      • ‘The fact that the public have to resort to demonstrations or angry protests against administration policy show that there is something currently wrong with the relationship.’
      • ‘He said people should join a planned protest on July 1 to express their calls for democracy.’
      • ‘In some towns the students staged sit-down protests in the streets.’
      demonstration, march, protest march, peace camp, rally, sit-in, human chain, occupation, sleep-in, dirty protest, write-in, non-cooperation
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  • 2Law
    A written declaration, typically by a notary public, that a bill has been presented and payment or acceptance refused.

verb

Pronunciation /prəˈtɛst/
  • 1no object Express an objection to what someone has said or done.

    ‘before Muriel could protest, he had filled both glasses’
    • ‘We strongly protest this decision and urge you immediately to reconsider this decision.’
    • ‘It's as if they know, no matter how much they complain or protest, nothing will change.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder that eventually they begin to complain and protest?’
    • ‘To our objections, he protested that he had repeated our order back to us, and this is what we had ordered.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter how much you protest that they don't speak for you - they do, now.’
    • ‘When I complained to the landlord, he protested that they were all okay before I had moved in.’
    • ‘Silently cursing, he dragged himself to his feet and followed the elder knight, protesting with his usual complaints.’
    • ‘He told the committee that he understood why the objectors were protesting as they had enjoyed the open space and green field near their homes.’
    • ‘And one woman objected to her husband protesting about cyclists.’
    • ‘Planners, who will consider whether to grant planning permission next month, have received at least 12 objections protesting about the loss of green belt land.’
    • ‘They say there are people protesting, there are people complaining, there are people saying they want the plan changed.’
    • ‘Another reason may be that talking to the media is a way of denouncing, protesting, and also of protecting yourself.’
    • ‘I protested at first, kicking my legs and waving my arms madly.’
    • ‘But I cannot even protest, because my complaint exposes me as an ingrate.’
    • ‘We felt it was our duty to protest on behalf of our investors.’
    • ‘The patient protested, again complained of pain, and again requested a C-section.’
    • ‘He booted him out of the bar in front of his friends, which according to bar staff he had absolutely no legal right to do, and threatened to kick everyone out if they kept protesting.’
    • ‘He also claims to have been punched, kicked and strangled by guards ten days later when he protested about being given less than an hour's exercise.’
    • ‘Labor continued to resist change and various communities that would lose rail service protested to their congressional representatives.’
    • ‘In some instances, detainees have been severely punished for complaining or protesting about the conditions inside the camps.’
    express opposition, raise objections, object, make a protest, dissent, take issue, make a stand, take a stand, put up a fight, kick, take exception, complain, express disapproval, disagree, express disagreement, demur, remonstrate, expostulate, make a fuss
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    1. 1.1 Publicly demonstrate strong objection to an official policy or course of action.
      ‘doctors and patients protested against plans to cut services at the hospital’
      with object ‘the workers were protesting economic measures enacted a week earlier’
      • ‘However, his prayers did not avert the famous Morozov strike of 1885, when his 8,000 workers protested against the fines.’
      • ‘And, there were, of course, a few who protested against the revelry.’
      • ‘They are protesting against the imposition of a 1 percent pay rise for 2003 by the prison service.’
      • ‘On December 3 thousands protested against government economic policy outside the Ukrainian legislature.’
      • ‘March 8, 1857 - Garment workers in New York city protested against poor working conditions and low wages.’
      • ‘For several months, French temporary art workers and technicians have protested against cuts in their unemployment assurance scheme.’
      • ‘Workers also protested against the low wages they receive, compared to permanent staff.’
      • ‘The workers also protested against poor working conditions and job losses.’
      • ‘During last week's committee session, several opposition lawmakers strongly protested against the military's failure to send service leaders to the committee.’
      • ‘About 10,000 German steel workers protested against the planned trading scheme on Monday.’
      • ‘In Egypt demonstrators protested against the war, but at the same time attacked the regime.’
      • ‘The taxi association members were protesting against the impounding of their vehicles by traffic authorities for not having operating permits.’
      • ‘While the flags of all 25 countries flapped in the light breeze, about 3,000 demonstrators protested against the war.’
      • ‘The workers also protested against the company decision to send its Boeing 767 fleet to Singapore next year for servicing.’
      • ‘Thousands of Greek workers protested against the government's economic policies in the city of Thessaloniki on September 10.’
      • ‘Human-rights activists have protested against measures that would allow Britain to deport suspects to countries where they could face torture.’
      • ‘The unions protested against wage cuts and layoffs for public sector workers.’
      • ‘Small farmers and health service workers have also repeatedly protested against government policies.’
      • ‘In the new factories, industrial workers protested against the harsh conditions of work.’
      • ‘Ever since the disputed elections of 2000, opponents have protested against the worsening economic situation and lack of political dialogue.’
      demonstrate, march, hold a rally, sit in, form a human chain, occupy somewhere, sleep in, stage a dirty protest, refuse to cooperate
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  • 2reporting verb Declare (something) firmly and emphatically in response to doubt or accusation.

    with direct speech ‘‘I'm not being coy!’ Lucy protested’
    with object ‘she has always protested her innocence’
    • ‘He has always protested his innocence and his legal team say new DNA evidence could help clear him of the murder.’
    • ‘She had for the past three years protested her innocence, claiming that her son had drowned by accident.’
    • ‘Contemporary dance is constantly called upon to protest its relevance against accusations of complacency and pretentiousness.’
    • ‘He has always protested his innocence, claiming that on the night of the shooting he was with a friend.’
    • ‘Edward was a quiet, honest, simple American who had always protested his innocence.’
    • ‘All of those charges have protested their innocence, claiming that they were using accepted interrogation methods.’
    • ‘‘There's no details worth sharing,’ I protested, mentally kicking myself for complaining about feeling off colour.’
    • ‘The more he protests his innocence, the more time he spends in prison.’
    • ‘But she has always protested her innocence, saying the fire was an accident.’
    • ‘He was arrested for gun-running a week after he arrived, but has always protested his innocence.’
    • ‘The council then banned the driver from driving school buses but he protested his innocence and insisted the girls had lied.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I have always protested my innocence and fought this case from day one.’’
    • ‘They had consistently protested their innocence, claimed they were tortured in detention, and were eventually exonerated and released after sixteen years in prison.’
    • ‘He has always protested his innocence and is seeking an inquiry into his detention.’
    • ‘They each got three life sentences after a lengthy trial just over two years later but have always protested their innocence.’
    • ‘He can be as positive as he likes as he protests his innocence but he will need a minor miracle to get out of this scrape.’
    • ‘He has consistently protested his innocence and declared he has ‘a full answer’ to them.’
    • ‘A man who has spent 26 years in prison protesting his innocence of murder was suffering from a mental disorder at the time of his trial, the Court of Appeal heard yesterday.’
    • ‘The pair, who have always protested their innocence, were jailed for life and told they would have to serve a minimum of 15 years before becoming eligible for parole.’
    • ‘She has always continued to protest her innocence.’
    insist on, claim, maintain, declare, announce, profess, proclaim, assert, affirm, argue, vow, avow, aver, pledge, swear, swear to, testify to
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  • 3Law
    with object Write or obtain a protest in regard to (a bill).

Phrases

  • under protest

    • After expressing one's objection or reluctance; unwillingly.

      ‘‘I'm only here under protest,’ Jenna said shortly’
      • ‘However, once the work is paid for, the contract is concluded and a consumer cannot claim money back, unless they paid under protest, confirming that in writing at the time.’
      • ‘He said legislators were making their amendment under protest but would proceed with their debate on May 19 because several wanted their objections to be noted in the official record.’
      • ‘The ‘official’ gear was worn; the tape was simply an indication that it was being worn under protest and, on the scale of protests, it was pretty mild.’
      • ‘The only way she would allow Lilly to enter her friendly island was if she surrendered her passport during her stay, which Lilly did under protest.’
      • ‘By the way, did the mayor sign the collective agreement under protest?’
      • ‘Now, under protest, they then resumed having daily briefings.’
      • ‘Did they pay the marginal increase that they are objecting to under protest, as it were, or have they just refused to pay it, so they are not out of pocket for it?’
      • ‘He speaks under protest, pleading that he has so far managed to avoid being photographed or profiled and would quite like to keep it that way.’
      • ‘To avoid any controversy, he had deposited the amount under protest.’
      • ‘Soon they were confronting the two armed farmers and advising them to move off home which they eventually did under protest.’

Origin

Late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘make a solemn declaration’): from Old French protester, from Latin protestari, from pro- ‘forth, publicly’ + testari ‘assert’ (from testis ‘witness’).

Pronunciation

protest

Noun/ˈprəʊtɛst/

protest

Verb/prəˈtɛst/