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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pro•test /n. ˈproʊtɛst; v. prəˈtɛst, ˈproʊtɛst/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.
pro•test•er, n. [countable]See -test-.
- 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.
(n. prō′test;v. prə test′, prō′test),USA pronunciation n.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sporta formal objection or complaint made to an official.
- to give manifest expression to objection or disapproval;
- to make solemn or earnest declaration.
pro•test′er, pro•tes′tor, n.
- to make a protest or remonstrance against;
- to say in protest or remonstrance.
- to declare solemnly or earnestly;
- to make a formal declaration of the nonacceptance or nonpayment of (a bill of exchange or note).
- [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
- 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/
- public, often organized, dissent or manifestation of such dissent
- (as modifier): a protest march
- a declaration or objection that is formal or solemn
- 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 act of protesting
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin prōtestārī to make a formal declaration, from prō- before + testārī to assertproˈtestant adj , n proˈtester, proˈtestor n proˈtestingly adv
- 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)
- (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
- (transitive) chiefly US to object forcefully to: leaflets protesting Dr King's murder
- (transitive) to declare formally that (a bill of exchange or promissory note) has been dishonoured
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