A protest is a formal declaration of objection. If students at your school are fed up with the overly restrictive dress code, they might stage a protest. Washington, D.C. is often the site of political protests.

Protest is both a noun and a verb. You've probably seen news about protests, because people all over the world organize them when they need to get a message across urgently. A protest doesn't have to be on the world scale, however. You might protest against eating frozen pizza for the third night in a row, and you've certainly seen a little kid protest against going to bed. When protest is political, it's also known as dissent.

Definitions of protest
  1. noun
    a formal and solemn declaration of objection
    “they finished the game under protest to the league president”
    “the senator rose to register his protest
    synonyms: protestation
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    the speech act of objecting
  2. noun
    the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent
    synonyms: dissent, objection
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    a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies
    direct action
    a protest action by labor or minority groups to obtain their demands
    demonstration, manifestation
    a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature)
    the act of walking out (of a meeting or organization) as a sign of protest
    occasion when workers continue to work as a protest against e.g. proposed dismissal or closure of the factory
    protest march
    occasion when you can express opposition by marching (usually on some government institution) without a license
    civil disobedience
    a group's refusal to obey a law because they believe the law is immoral (as in protest against discrimination)
    job action
    a temporary action by workers to protest management decision or to make demands
    nonviolence, nonviolent resistance, passive resistance
    peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate
    refusal to submit to established authority; originally the refusal of Roman Catholics to attend services of the Church of England
    a peaceful, stationary demonstration or protest, especially at night
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    group action in opposition to those in power
  3. noun
    the act of making a strong public expression of disagreement and disapproval
    “he shouted his protests at the umpire”
    “a shower of protest was heard from the rear of the hall”
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    the speech act of objecting
  4. verb
    utter words of protest
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    declaim, inveigh
    speak against in an impassioned manner
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    complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  5. verb
    express opposition through action or words
    synonyms: dissent, resist
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    strike, walk out
    stop work in order to press demands
    demonstrate, march
    march in protest; take part in a demonstration
    arise, rebel, rise, rise up
    take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
    rebel, renegade
    break with established customs
    take part in a strike or protest
    make revolution
    engage in a mutiny against an authority
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    contradict, controvert, oppose
    be resistant to
  6. verb
    affirm or avow formally or solemnly
    “The suspect protested his innocence”
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    affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify
    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
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