protest Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “protest” in the English Dictionary

"protest" in British English

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uk   /ˈprəʊ.test/  us   /proʊˈtest/
[C or U] a ​strongcomplaintexpressingdisagreement, ​disapproval, or ​opposition: Protests have been made/​registered by many ​people who would be ​affected by the ​proposedchanges. A ​formal protest was made by the ​Germanteam abouttheirdisqualification from the ​relayfinal. Conservation ​groups have ​united in protest against the ​planned new ​road.B2 [C] an ​occasion when ​people show that they ​disagree with something by ​standingsomewhere, ​shouting, ​carryingsigns, etc.: a ​public protest against the ​war a ​peaceful/​violent protestunder protest If something is done under protest, it is done ​unwillingly: I only went to the ​meeting under protest.
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protestverb [I or T]

uk   /prəˈtest/  us   /ˈproʊ.test/
B2 to show that you ​disagree with something by ​standingsomewhere, ​shouting, ​carryingsigns, etc.: A ​bigcrowd of ​demonstrators were protesting againstcuts in ​healthspending.US Outside, a ​group of ​students were protesting ​researchcuts.B2 to say something ​forcefully or ​complain about something: Lots of ​people protested about the new ​workinghours. They protested ​bitterly totheiremployers, but to no ​avail. [+ that] A ​younggirl was ​crying, protesting that she didn't ​want to ​leave her ​mother. All through the ​trial he protested his innocence (= ​strongly said he was not ​guilty).
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(Definition of protest from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"protest" in American English

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protestnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈproʊ·test/
a ​strongcomplaintexpressingdisagreement, ​disapproval, or ​opposition: [U] Three ​boardmemberswalked out of the ​meeting in protest. [C] A protest against ​capitalpunishment was ​heldoutside the ​courthouse. [U] He ​paid the ​tax under protest to ​avoid a ​penalty.

protestverb [I/T]

 us   /prəˈtest, ˈproʊ·test/
to ​expressdisagreement with, ​disapproval of, or ​opposition to something by ​complainingstrongly about it: [I/T] Groups of ​students have been protesting (against) the ​tuitionincrease.
(Definition of protest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"protest" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈprəʊtest/
[C or U] a ​strongcomplaint against something, or the ​act of ​complainingstrongly about it: an angry/big/formal protest The ​chiefexecutive of the ​troubledcompany gave up a £2.8m ​bonuspackage after ​big protest against/at sth He ​resigned in protest at the ​refusal to ​privatise the ​airline. The length of ​directors' ​contractsattracted a storm of protest from ​smallshareholders at last year's ​annualmeeting.
[C] an occasion when ​people show that they ​disagreestrongly with something by ​standing together and shouting and ​carryingsigns, especially on the streets: hold/organize/stage a protest Shareholders ​held protests against the ​takeoverbid outside the Stock Exchange.spark/trigger a protest The ​plan sparked days of street protests. a large/​mass/​peaceful protest a protest ​demonstration/march
under protest if something is done under protest, it is done unwillingly: In the cruise-ship ​industry, some ​companies are ​payingsalestax under protest, and some aren't ​paying at all.


uk   /prəʊˈtest/  us   /prəˈtest/
[I or T] to say or do something to show that you are against something: protest about/at sth Shareholders of the ​telecomscompany are being urged to protest about a £10million ​bonus given to the ​chiefexecutive.protest against sth Local ​entrepreneurs banded together and called a ​strike to protest against an ​increase in ​localtaxes. US protest a ​proposal/decision
to say very forcefully that something is ​true: protest that Industry ​lobbyists protest that the ​charges on ​smallloans would ​drivelenders out of ​business.
(Definition of protest from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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