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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
re•mon•strate /rɪˈmɑnstreɪt/USA pronunciation   v., -strat•ed, -strat•ing. 

    to argue or protest in objection or complaint: [no object;
    (~ + about + object)]
    He remonstrated about their rudeness.[+ that clause]He remonstrated that they were rude.
See -monstr-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
re•mon•strate  (ri monstrāt), 
v., -strat•ed, -strat•ing. 

v.t. 
  • to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
  • [Obs.]to show.

  • v.i. 
  • to present reasons in complaint; plead in protest.
  • Etymology:
    • Medieval Latin remōnstrātus (past participle of remōnstrāre to exhibit, demonstrate), equivalent. to re- re- + mōnstrā(re) to show + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1
    • 1590–1600
    re•monstrat•ing•ly, adv. 
    re•mon•stra•tion  (rē′mon strāshən, rem′ən-), 
    n. 
    re•mon•stra•tive  (ri monstrə tiv), 
    adj. 
    re•monstra•tive•ly, adv. 
    re•mon•stra•tor  (ri monstrā tər), 
    n. 
    3 . argue, object, expostulate.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    remonstrate /ˈrɛmənˌstreɪt/ vb (intransitive)
    1. usually followed by with, against, etc: to argue in protest or objection: to remonstrate with the government
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Medieval Latin remonstrāre to point out (errors), from Latin re- + monstrāre to show

    ˌremonˈstration n remonstrative /rɪˈmɒnstrətɪv/ adj ˈremonˌstrator n



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