- (British) IPA: /ˈpɹəʊ.tɛst/
- (America) enPR: prōʹtĕst, IPA: /ˈpɹoʊ.tɛst/
- enPR: prə.tĕstʹ, IPA: /pɹəˈtɛst/
protest (protests, present participle protesting; past and past participle protested)
- (intransitive) To make a strong objection.
- How dare you, I protest!
- The public took to the streets to protest over the planned change to the law.
- 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828 ↗:
- As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
- (transitive) To affirm (something).
- I protest my innocence.
- I do protest and declare …
- 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
- I will protest your cowardice.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
- Our youth, now, emboldened with his success, resolved to push the matter farther, and ventured even to beg her recommendation of him to her father's service; protesting that he thought him one of the honestest fellows in the country, and extremely well qualified for the place of a gamekeeper, which luckily then happened to be vacant.
- 1919, William Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, Ch.8
- She flashed a smile at me, and, protesting an engagement with her dentist, jauntily walked on.
- (transitive, chiefly, North America) To object to.
- They protested the demolition of the school.
- To call as a witness in affirming or denying, or to prove an affirmation; to appeal to.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Fiercely [they] opposed / My journey strange, with clamorous uproar / Protesting fate supreme.
- (legal, transitive) to make a solemn written declaration, in due form, on behalf of the holder, against all parties liable for any loss or damage to be sustained by non-acceptance or non-payment of (a bill or note). This should be made by a notary public, whose seal it is the usual practice to affix.
- (obsolete, transitive) To publish; to make known.
- French: protester
- German: demonstrieren, protestieren
- Italian: protestare
- Portuguese: protestar
- Russian: протестова́ть
- Spanish: protestar
- Russian: торжественный
- German: Einspruch erheben, Einwände äußern
- A formal objection, especially one by a group.
- They lodged a protest with the authorities.
- A collective gesture of disapproval; a demonstration.
- We held a protest in front of City Hall.
- The noting by a notary public of an unpaid or unaccepted bill.
- A written declaration, usually by the master of a ship, stating the circumstances attending loss or damage of ship or cargo, etc.
- French: protestation
- German: Protest, Beschwerde
- Italian: protesta
- Portuguese: protesto
- Russian: проте́ст
- Spanish: protesta
- French: manifestation
- German: Demonstration, Protestaktion
- Portuguese: manifestação
- Russian: проте́ст
- Spanish: manifestación