the expression of strong dislike of or opposition to something; a statement or an action that shows this

People protest in 200 Brazilian cities and towns.

The riot began as a peaceful protest.

They tried to bludgeon me into joining their protest.

to say or do something to show that you disagree with something or think it is bad, especially publicly

They were taken away protesting loudly.

to state clearly that something is true, especially when you have been accused of something or when other people do not believe you

She has always protested her innocence.