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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.

v. 
  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),USA pronunciation n. 
  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. Business[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.
  3. Law
    • Law(upon one's payment of a tax or other state or city exaction) a formal statement disputing the legality of the demand.
    • Naval Termsa 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.
  4. Sporta formal objection or complaint made to an official.

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

v.t. 
  1. to make a protest or remonstrance against;
    object to.
  2. to say in protest or remonstrance.
  3. to declare solemnly or earnestly;
    affirm;
    assert.
  4. to make a formal declaration of the nonacceptance or nonpayment of (a bill of exchange or note).
  5. [Obs.]to call to witness.
pro•testa•ble, adj. 
pro•tester, pro•testor, n. 
pro•testing•ly, adv. 
pro•testive, adj. 
  • 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
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged complain.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged asseverate, avow, aver, attest. See  declare. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged approval.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged approve.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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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