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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.

  • 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.
  • 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-.

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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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