protest pro‧test 1 [ˈprəʊtest ǁ ˈproʊ-] noun
1. [countable, uncountable] an angry complaint that shows you disagree with something, or when you state publicly that you think something is wrong or unfair:

• The union is making a formal protest to the government about the matter.

protest against/​at

• Miners staged a two-hour strike in protest against the effects of the economic reforms.

• Health workers marched on Nov. 17 in protest at government restrictions on health service expenditure.

2. [countable] an occasion when people meet together in public to express disapproval or opposition to something:

• 17,000 demonstrators took part in a student protest against education loans.

• Later this month, protest marches are planned by farmers' groups.

— protester noun [countable] :

• More than 2,000 protesters demonstrated outside Parliament today.

3. under protest unwillingly, and with the feeling that you have been unfairly treated:

• I only signed the document under protest.

• The tax demand was disputed by the company, and the payments were made under protest.

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protester UK US /prəˈtestər/ noun [C]
someone who protests publicly about something, especially as part of a group: »

Up to 100,000 protesters are expected to march.


anti-war/civil rights protesters

someone who complains strongly about something: fuel/tax protesters »

The party leadership has backed fuel protesters and their calls for lower petrol taxes.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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