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  • 21 complain — [14] Complain goes back to the Latin in verb plangere, source also of English plangent. This was formed on a prehistoric base *plak (from which we also get plankton), and it originally meant ‘hit’. Its meaning developed metaphorically through… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 22 complain*/*/*/ — [kəmˈpleɪn] verb [I/T] to say that you are not satisfied with something What are you complaining about?[/ex] He threatened to complain to the boss.[/ex] She complained that it was too hot.[/ex] • complain of sth …

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  • 23 complain — [14] Complain goes back to the Latin in verb plangere, source also of English plangent. This was formed on a prehistoric base *plak (from which we also get plankton), and it originally meant ‘hit’. Its meaning developed metaphorically through… …

    Word origins

  • 24 complain of — phr verb Complain of is used with these nouns as the object: ↑discomfort, ↑headache, ↑nausea …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 25 complain of — state that one is suffering from (a symptom of illness). → complain …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 26 complain — verb 1》 express dissatisfaction or annoyance. 2》 (complain of) state that one is suffering from (a symptom of illness). Derivatives complainer noun complaining adjective complainingly adverb Origin ME: from OFr. complaindre, from med. L.… …

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  • 27 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 …

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  • 28 complain — verb a) To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment. Joe was always complaining about the video game. b) To make a formal accusation or bring a …

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  • 29 complain — com·plain kəm plān vi to speak of one s illness or symptoms <the patient visited the office complaining of weight loss> …

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  • 30 complain — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To express an objection] Syn. remonstrate, grumble, whine, find fault, disapprove, accuse, deplore, criticize, denounce, dissent, cavil, charge, bring charges, report adversely on, reproach, oppose, contravene, whimper, nag …

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  • 31 complain — com·plain || kÉ™m pleɪn v. find fault, express displeasure …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 32 complain of — v. express feelings of pain, express dissatisfaction of, express displeasure …

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  • 33 complain to — find fault with, express pain or displeasure about …

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  • 34 complain — v. n. Murmur, lament, bewail, grumble, croak, find fault, express pain, moan, groan …

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  • 35 complain of — 1. Express a feeling or sensation of, express discomfort from. 2. Inform against, make or prefer charges against …

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  • 36 complain — verb his dogs were always roaming until someone finally complained Syn: protest, grumble, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, grouse, make a fuss; object, speak out, criticize, find fault; informal kick up a fuss, raise a stink, bellyache, moan, snivel,… …

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  • 37 complain — v grumble, growl, crab, gripe, fume, clamor, Inf. raise a fuss, Inf. yammer, Sl. grouse, Sl. grouch, Sl. kick, Sl. squawk, Sl. beef, Sl. bitch, Dial. holler; bewail, lament, moan, groan, kvetch, Sl. bellyache; criticize, censure, cavil, carp, nag …

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  • 38 complain — com·plain …

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  • 39 complain — verb Syn: protest, grumble, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, grouse, make a fuss, object, find fault; informal whinge, gripe, moan, bitch …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 40 complain — /kəmˈpleɪn / (say kuhm playn) verb (i) 1. to express grief, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or dissatisfaction; find fault. 2. to tell of one s pains, ailments, etc. 3. (sometimes followed by about) to state a grievance; make a formal… …

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