Definition of protest in English:


Line breaks: pro|test


Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊtɛst
  • 2 Law A written declaration, typically by a notary public, that a bill has been presented and payment or acceptance refused.


Pronunciation: /prəˈtɛst
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  • 1 [no object] Express an objection to what someone has said or done: before Muriel could protest, he had filled both glasses
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    • 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.
    express opposition, raise objections, object, make a protest, dissent, take issue, make/take a stand, put up a fight, kick, take exception, complain, express disapproval, disagree, express disagreement, demur, remonstrate, expostulate, make a fuss; cry out, speak out, rail, inveigh, fulminate; oppose, challenge, denounce
    informal kick up a fuss/stink
  • 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]: North American the workers were protesting economic measures enacted a week earlier
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    • Small farmers and health service workers have also repeatedly protested against government policies.
    • Thousands of Greek workers protested against the government's economic policies in the city of Thessaloniki on September 10.
    • However, his prayers did not avert the famous Morozov strike of 1885, when his 8,000 workers protested against the fines.
    demonstrate, march, hold a rally, sit in, form a human chain, occupy somewhere, sleep in, stage a dirty protest, refuse to cooperate; work to rule, take industrial action, stop work, down tools, strike, go on strike, walk out, mutiny, picket somewhere; boycott something
  • 3 [with object] Law Write or obtain a protest in regard to (a bill).


under protest

After expressing one’s objection or reluctance; unwillingly: ‘I’m only here under protest,’ Jenna said shortly
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  • 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.
  • 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 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.



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  • It had been there a lot longer than the Chronicle offices and sometimes protestingly pushed out a gnarled root, rupturing the car park surface, like the finger of a buried monster trying to claw its way out of a tarmac tomb.
  • A stiff breeze was coming in great gusts that agitated the bare limbs of trees as though bringing them protestingly to life.
  • He takes me behind a tree, where I protestingly pull free of his grip.


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').

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