complain
intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English compleynen, from Anglo-French compleindre, from Vulgar Latin *complangere, from Latin com- + plangere to lament — more at plaint Date: 14th century 1. to express grief, pain, or discontent <
complaining about the weather
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2. to make a formal accusation or charge • complainer nouncomplainingly adverb

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  • complain — UK US /kəmˈpleɪn/ verb [I] ► to tell someone that something is wrong or not satisfactory, and that you are annoyed about it: complain about sth »Workers complain about the conditions in which they are forced to work. complain that »The chief… …   Financial and business terms

  • Complain — Com*plain (k[o^]m*pl[=a]n ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Complained} (k[o^]m*pl[=a]nd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Complaining}.] [F. complaindre, LL. complangere; com + L. plangere to strike, beat, to beat the breast or head as a sign of grief, to lament. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Complain — Com*plain , v. t. To lament; to bewail. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] They might the grievance inwardly complain. Daniel. [1913 Webster] By chaste Lucrece s soul that late complain d Her wrongs to us. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • complain — (v.) late 14c., find fault, lament, from stem of O.Fr. complaindre to lament (12c.), from V.L. *complangere, originally to beat the breast, from L. com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + plangere to strike, beat the breast (see PLAGUE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • complain — [v] grumble about accuse, ascribe, attack, beef*, bellyache*, bemoan, bewail, bitch, carp, cavil, charge, contravene, criticize, defy, demur, denounce, deplore, deprecate, differ, disagree, disapprove, dissent, expostulate, find fault, fret, fuss …   New thesaurus

  • complain — [kəm plān′] vi. [ME compleinen < OFr complaindre < VL * complangere, orig., to beat the breast < L com , intens. + plangere, to strike: see PLAINT] 1. to claim or express pain, displeasure, etc. 2. to find fault; declare annoyance 3. to… …   English World dictionary

  • complain — com|plain W3S2 [kəmˈpleın] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: complaindre, from Vulgar Latin complangere, from Latin com ( COM ) + plangere ( PLAINT)] 1.) [I,T not in passive] to say that you are annoyed, not satisfied, or unhappy about… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • complain — verb 1 (intransitive, transitive not in passive) to say that you are annoyed, dissatisfied, or unhappy about something or someone: They ve already been given a 10% raise so why are they complaining? | You never ask my opinion about anything, Rod… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • complain */*/*/ — UK [kəmˈpleɪn] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms complain : present tense I/you/we/they complain he/she/it complains present participle complaining past tense complained past participle complained to say that you are not satisfied… …   English dictionary

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