WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pro•test /n. ˈproʊtɛst; v. prəˈtɛst, ˈproʊtɛst/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. an act of expressing or declaring one's objection to, disapproval of, or disagreement with some act or action: [uncountable]voices of protest.[countable]some minor protests.

  1. to express or declare one's objection to, disapproval of, or disagreement with (some act or action): [no object]They protested against the war.[+ object]The students protested the bombing.
  2. to affirm or declare in protest: [+ object]They protested their innocence.[+ that clause]They protested that they were innocent.
pro•test•er, n. [countable]See -test-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pro•test  (n. prōtest;v. prə test, prōtest), 
  1. 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.
  2. [Com.]
      • 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.
  3. Sport[Sports.]a formal objection or complaint made to an official.

  1. to give manifest expression to objection or disapproval;
  2. to make solemn or earnest declaration.

  1. to make a protest or remonstrance against;
    object to.
  2. to say in protest or remonstrance.
  3. to declare solemnly or earnestly;
  4. to make a formal declaration of the nonacceptance or nonpayment of (a bill of exchange or note).
  5. [Obs.]to call to witness.
  • Middle French protester
  • Latin prōtestārī to declare publicly, equivalent. to prō- pro-1 + testārī to testify, derivative of testis a witness; (verb, verbal) late Middle English protesten
  • Middle French (French protêt), derivative of protester to protest
  • (noun, nominal) Middle English 1350–1400
pro•testa•ble, adj. 
pro•tester, pro•testor, n. 
pro•testing•ly, adv. 
pro•testive, adj. 
5 . complain. 6 . asseverate, avow, aver, attest. See declare.  1 . approval. 5 . approve.

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protest n /ˈprəʊtɛst/
  1. public, often organized, dissent or manifestation of such dissent
  2. (as modifier): a protest march
  3. a declaration or objection that is formal or solemn
  4. 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
  5. the act of protesting
vb /prəˈtɛst/
  1. when intr, followed 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)
  2. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to assert or affirm in a formal or solemn manner
  3. (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
  4. (transitive) chiefly US to object forcefully to: leaflets protesting Dr King's murder
  5. (transitive) to declare formally that (a bill of exchange or promissory note) has been dishonoured
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin prōtestārī to make a formal declaration, from prō- before + testārī to assert

proˈtestant adj , n proˈtester, proˈtestor n proˈtestingly adv

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