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English definition of “protest”

protest

verb [I or T]     /prəˈtest/ US  /ˈproʊ.test/
B2 to show that you disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc.: A big crowd of demonstrators were protesting against cuts in health spending.US Outside, a group of students were protesting research cuts.Opposing and against B2 to say something forcefully or complain about something: A lot of people protested about the new working hours. They protested bitterly to their employers, but to no avail. [+ that] A young girl 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).Complaining
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