[n] the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent
[n] a formal and solemn declaration of objection; "they finished the game under protest to the league president"; "the senator rose to register his protest"; "the many protestations did not stay the execution"
[n] 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"
[v] utter words of protest
[v] affirm or avow formally or solemnly; "The suspect protested his innocence"
[v] fight back, also metaphorically; "His body protested against the harsh training"