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  1. pro·test
  2. noun

    verb

    • 1. express an objection to what someone has said or done:

      she wouldn't let him pay, and he didn't protest
      Synonym : express opposition, raise objections, object, make a protest, dissent, take issue, make/take a stand, put up a fight, kick, take exception, complain, express disapproval, disagree, express disagreement, demur, remonstrate, expostulate, make a fuss, cry out, speak out, rail, inveigh, fulminate, oppose, challenge, denounce, kick up a fuss/stink
    • 2. publicly demonstrate strong objection to an official policy or course of action:

      doctors and patients protested against plans to cut services at the hospital
      Synonym : demonstrate, march, hold a rally, sit in, form a human chain, occupy somewhere, sleep in, stage a dirty protest, refuse to cooperate, stop work, down tools, strike, go on strike, walk out, mutiny, picket somewhere, work to rule, take industrial action, boycott something
    • 3. publicly demonstrate an objection to (a policy or course of action):

      the workers were protesting economic measures enacted a week earlier
    • 4. declare (something) firmly and emphatically in the face of stated or implied doubt or in response to an accusation:

      “I'm not being coy!” Lucy protested she has always protested her innocence
      Synonym : insist on, claim, maintain, declare, announce, profess, proclaim, assert, affirm, argue, vow, avow, aver, pledge, swear, swear to, testify to, asseverate
    • 5. write or obtain a protest in regard to (a bill).

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: protest, plural noun: protests

    • v.: verb: protest, 3rd person present: protests, gerund or present participle: protesting, past tense: protested, past participle: protested

    • noun

      a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something:

      an organized public demonstration expressing strong objection to an official policy or course of action:

    • verb

      express an objection to what someone has said or done:

      publicly demonstrate strong objection to an official policy or course of action:

    • after expressing one's objection or reluctance; unwillingly
    • after expressing one's objection or reluctance; unwillingly
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