Definition of protest in English:

protest

noun

  • 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 against the police behaviour, they went on the road to block traffic.’
    • ‘In protest, the remaining seven members of the board resigned.’
    • ‘In protest, the new minister in town organized a bus boycott.’
    • ‘Instead, this is the moment to storm out in protest.’
    • ‘In protest, town officials took down their provincial flags.’
    • ‘Anyone in their right mind would have stormed out in protest, holding their stomachs.’
    • ‘The ravaged stretch - neglected for a decade - had drawn strong protests from the public.’
    • ‘In protest, she has been withholding rent for the past six months which has resulted in her being sued by her landlord, she says.’
    • ‘I grumbled in protest, but reached for my keys anyway.’
    • ‘I have seen her shriek in protest, and then stop it when she seriously objects.’
    • ‘In protest, some believers adopted a way of life known as monasticism.’
    • ‘And neither are condemnatory statements and protests, although they do serve the purpose of highlighting this scourge in our society.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘And the new structure prompted angry protests from residents.’
    • ‘My stomach grumbled in protest to all the junk I had gorged myself on.’
    • ‘The government proposed phone charge increases of an average 35 percent in January, but delayed the hike due to strong protests from the public.’
    • ‘Hannah wails as she throws herself on the floor and clings to her mother's legs in protest.’
    • ‘In protest over the delay, Mr Smith began withholding rent in December, 1995.’
    • ‘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.’
    objection, exception, complaint, disapproval, disagreement, opposition, challenge, dissent, demurral, remonstration, expostulation, fuss, outcry
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    1. 1.1An 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’
      • ‘Many different forms of student protest have already been organised.’
      • ‘The struggle against war cannot consist merely of organizing one protest demonstration after another.’
      • ‘Last week's protests came weeks after a general strike against the cuts paralysed the country.’
      • ‘The clashes were followed by protests on Tuesday, which were broken up by riot police.’
      • ‘The weekend's protests began in Melbourne, Australia, where 150,000 converged on the centre of the city.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In some towns the students staged sit-down protests in the streets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The protesters congregated outside parliament before holding a sit-down protest in front of Downing Street.’
      • ‘In Australia and New Zealand there are enough victims of real estate crooks to form a protest march to rival any public demonstration.’
      • ‘Last week's protest far exceeded the expectations of the organisers, who had predicted 100,000 would attend.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A protest march is planned to take place on Thursday February 13.’
      • ‘The protest demonstrations prior to the outbreak of war were the largest in history.’
      • ‘As the peaceful sit-down protest was winding down the police announced they would forcefully remove people.’
      • ‘About 3,000 striking workers launched a sit-in hunger protest on July 2, outside the Health Ministry.’
      • ‘And demonstration, marches, protests are part of democracy.’
      • ‘He said people should join a planned protest on July 1 to express their calls for democracy.’
  • 2Law
    A written declaration, typically by a notary public, that a bill has been presented and payment or acceptance refused.

verb

  • 1[no object] Express an objection to what someone has said or done.

    ‘before Muriel could protest, he had filled both glasses’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We felt it was our duty to protest on behalf of our investors.’
    • ‘Labor continued to resist change and various communities that would lose rail service protested to their congressional representatives.’
    • ‘To our objections, he protested that he had repeated our order back to us, and this is what we had ordered.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder that eventually they begin to complain and protest?’
    • ‘It's as if they know, no matter how much they complain or protest, nothing will change.’
    • ‘The patient protested, again complained of pain, and again requested a C-section.’
    • ‘But I cannot even protest, because my complaint exposes me as an ingrate.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter how much you protest that they don't speak for you - they do, now.’
    • ‘They say there are people protesting, there are people complaining, there are people saying they want the plan changed.’
    • ‘When I complained to the landlord, he protested that they were all okay before I had moved in.’
    • ‘I protested at first, kicking my legs and waving my arms madly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Silently cursing, he dragged himself to his feet and followed the elder knight, protesting with his usual complaints.’
    • ‘And one woman objected to her husband protesting about cyclists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In some instances, detainees have been severely punished for complaining or protesting about the conditions inside the camps.’
    • ‘Another reason may be that talking to the media is a way of denouncing, protesting, and also of protecting yourself.’
    • ‘We strongly protest this decision and urge you immediately to reconsider this decision.’
    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. 1.1Publicly 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’
      • ‘While the flags of all 25 countries flapped in the light breeze, about 3,000 demonstrators protested against the war.’
      • ‘Small farmers and health service workers have also repeatedly protested against government policies.’
      • ‘However, his prayers did not avert the famous Morozov strike of 1885, when his 8,000 workers protested against the fines.’
      • ‘On December 3 thousands protested against government economic policy outside the Ukrainian legislature.’
      • ‘During last week's committee session, several opposition lawmakers strongly protested against the military's failure to send service leaders to the committee.’
      • ‘And, there were, of course, a few who protested against the revelry.’
      • ‘For several months, French temporary art workers and technicians have protested against cuts in their unemployment assurance scheme.’
      • ‘Human-rights activists have protested against measures that would allow Britain to deport suspects to countries where they could face torture.’
      • ‘In the new factories, industrial workers protested against the harsh conditions of work.’
      • ‘The taxi association members were protesting against the impounding of their vehicles by traffic authorities for not having operating permits.’
      • ‘In Egypt demonstrators protested against the war, but at the same time attacked the regime.’
      • ‘March 8, 1857 - Garment workers in New York city protested against poor working conditions and low wages.’
      • ‘Workers also protested against the low wages they receive, compared to permanent staff.’
      • ‘About 10,000 German steel workers protested against the planned trading scheme on Monday.’
      • ‘They are protesting against the imposition of a 1 percent pay rise for 2003 by the prison service.’
      • ‘The unions protested against wage cuts and layoffs for public sector workers.’
      • ‘Ever since the disputed elections of 2000, opponents have protested against the worsening economic situation and lack of political dialogue.’
      • ‘The workers also protested against poor working conditions and job losses.’
      • ‘Thousands of Greek workers protested against the government's economic policies in the city of Thessaloniki on September 10.’
      • ‘The workers also protested against the company decision to send its Boeing 767 fleet to Singapore next year for servicing.’
  • 2[reporting 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’
    • ‘But she has always protested her innocence, saying the fire was an accident.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has consistently protested his innocence and declared he has ‘a full answer’ to them.’
    • ‘He has always protested his innocence and is seeking an inquiry into his detention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The council then banned the driver from driving school buses but he protested his innocence and insisted the girls had lied.’
    • ‘He was arrested for gun-running a week after he arrived, but has always protested his innocence.’
    • ‘He has always protested his innocence, claiming that on the night of the shooting he was with a friend.’
    • ‘She has always continued to protest her innocence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I have always protested my innocence and fought this case from day one.’’
    • ‘Contemporary dance is constantly called upon to protest its relevance against accusations of complacency and pretentiousness.’
    • ‘She had for the past three years protested her innocence, claiming that her son had drowned by accident.’
    • ‘All of those charges have protested their innocence, claiming that they were using accepted interrogation methods.’
    • ‘Edward was a quiet, honest, simple American who had always protested his innocence.’
    • ‘The more he protests his innocence, the more time he spends in prison.’
    • ‘They had consistently protested their innocence, claimed they were tortured in detention, and were eventually exonerated and released after sixteen years in prison.’
    • ‘They each got three life sentences after a lengthy trial just over two years later but have always protested their innocence.’
    • ‘‘There's no details worth sharing,’ I protested, mentally kicking myself for complaining about feeling off colour.’
    • ‘He has always protested his innocence and his legal team say new DNA evidence could help clear him of the murder.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Now, under protest, they then resumed having daily briefings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To avoid any controversy, he had deposited the amount under protest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By the way, did the mayor sign the collective agreement under protest?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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

/prəˈtɛst/