an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent, often in opposition to something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid: a protest against increased taxation.
a formal notarial certificate attesting the fact that a check, note, or bill of exchange has been presented for acceptance or payment and that it has been refused.
the action taken to fix the liability for a dishonored bill of exchange or note.
(upon one's payment of a tax or other state or city exaction) a formal statement disputing the legality of the demand.
a written and attested declaration made by the master of a ship stating the circumstances under which some damage has happened to the ship or cargo, or other circumstances involving the liability of the officers, crew, etc.
Sports. a formal objection or complaint made to an official.
to give manifest expression to objection or disapproval; remonstrate.
to make solemn or earnest declaration.
to make a protest or remonstrance against; object to.
to say in protest or remonstrance.
to declare solemnly or earnestly; affirm; assert.
to make a formal declaration of the nonacceptance or nonpayment of (a bill of exchange or note).
Obsolete. to call to witness.
- pro·test·a·ble, adjective
- pro·test·er, pro·tes·tor, noun
- pro·test·ing·ly, adverb
- pro·test·ive, adjective
- half-pro·test·ed, adjective
- half-pro·test·ing, adjective
- non·pro·test·ing, adjective
- re·pro·test, noun
- re·pro·test, verb
- un·pro·test·ed, adjective
- un·pro·test·ing, adjective
- un·pro·test·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use protest in a sentence
It was founded recently — July 2019 — with the goal of quickly getting money to groups engaged in climate protest.Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money. | Sigal Samuel | September 17, 2020 | Vox
In a sense, buying ads in Apple Daily is Hong Kongers’ latest form of protest.In Hong Kong, people are buying newspapers to look at the ads | Mary Hui | September 8, 2020 | Quartz
However, as the protests have worn on, certain social justice theories have been stretched in potentially troubling ways.
Students and activists in Korea staged a protest in late July calling for a boycott in support of protesters in Hong Kong.Mulan’s Disney+ release is reigniting a boycott movement | Naomi Xu Elegant | September 4, 2020 | Fortune
It isn’t just racial justice protests that benefit from the outrage caused by video.How an overload of riot porn is driving conflict in the streets | Bobbie Johnson | September 3, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Police, their representatives and supporters tell us, ensure our freedom of speech through our ability to protest.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet even after the funeral protest, de Blasio was booed and heckled while addressing a new class of recruits as well.
The Moscow protest was not sanctioned, which meant every participant risked arrest.
For now, Sabrine continues her daily routine of visits to the protest camp, to political leaders and taking care of the twins.
His hunger strike in December 2011 received nation-wide recognition and was one of the sparks that ignited the protest movement.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The lovers got up, with only a silent protest, and walked slowly away somewhere else.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Of course I had to satisfy the ruffian's insolent demands, but I did so under protest.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The weapons, the most unusual weapons, we are reluctantly compelled to accept under protest.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Old Mr. Holmes started to protest, but Aaron Kallaberger quieted him with an offering of tobacco.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
But you may cynically remind me that nothing will come of the Determinists' protest against the evil social conditions.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
British Dictionary definitions for protest
public, often organized, dissent or manifestation of such dissent
(as modifier): a protest march
a declaration or objection that is formal or solemn
an expression of disagreement or complaint: without a squeak of protest
a formal notarial statement drawn up on behalf of a creditor and declaring that the debtor has dishonoured a bill of exchange or promissory note
the action of drawing up such a statement
a formal declaration by a taxpayer disputing the legality or accuracy of his assessment
a statement made by the master of a vessel attesting to the circumstances in which his vessel was damaged or imperilled
the act of protesting
under protest having voiced objections; unwillingly
(when intr, foll by against, at, about, etc; when tr, may take a clause as object) to make a strong objection (to something, esp a supposed injustice or offence)
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to assert or affirm in a formal or solemn manner
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to put up arguments against; disagree; complain; object: ``I'm okay,'' she protested; he protested that it was not his turn to wash up
(tr) mainly US to object forcefully to: leaflets protesting Dr King's murder
(tr) to declare formally that (a bill of exchange or promissory note) has been dishonoured
- protestant, adjective, noun
- protester or protestor, noun
- protestingly, adverb
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