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Definition of "protest" []

  • To object to, especially in a formal statement. See Synonyms at object. (verb-transitive)
  • To promise or affirm with earnest solemnity: "He continually protested his profound respect” ( Frank Norris). (verb-transitive)
  • Law To declare (a bill) dishonored or refused. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To proclaim or make known: "unrough youths that even now/Protest their first of manhood” ( Shakespeare). (verb-transitive)
  • To express strong objection. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "protest" in a sentence
  • "He responded to an anti-war protest at his school by putting up anti - ­protest posters that attacked the demonstrators and defended U.S. ­policy in Vietnam."
  • "If Panetta resigns in protest from the CIA, he could start telling the American people what an investigative witch-hunt would do to the ability of the intelligence services to defend this country."
  • "As Bush read his statement, an estimated 1,000 people marched in protest from the Lower 9th Ward to Congo Square on the outskirts of the French Quarter."