protestpro·test1 /ˈprəʊtestˈproʊ-/ noun 1[countableC, uncountableU] 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.
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[countableC] 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 [countableC]
More than 2,000 protesters demonstrated outside Parliament today.
3under 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.