Definition of protest noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

protest

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈproʊtɛst//
 
[uncountable, countable]
 
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  •  the expression of strong disagreement with or opposition to something; a statement or an action that shows this The director resigned in protest at the decision. The announcement raised a storm of protest. a protest march She accepted the charge without protest. protest (against something) The workers staged a protest against the proposed changes in their contracts. The building work will go ahead, despite protests from local residents. The riot began as a peaceful protest.
  • Idioms
    under protest
     
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    unwillingly and after expressing disagreement She wrote a letter of apology but only under protest.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: protest

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