complain

  • 1 complain — com·plain vi: to make a complaint Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. complain I ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 complain — ► VERB 1) express dissatisfaction or annoyance. 2) (complain of) state that one is suffering from (a symptom of illness). DERIVATIVES complainer noun. ORIGIN Old French complaindre, from Latin complangere bewail …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 complain — complainable, adj. complainer, n. complainingly, adv. /keuhm playn /, v.i. 1. to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault: He complained constantly about the noise in the corridor. 2. to tell of one s… …

    Universalium

  • 13 complain — verb ADVERB ▪ bitterly ▪ She complained bitterly about the lack of help she received. ▪ loudly ▪ constantly, frequently, repeatedly ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 complain — com|plain [ kəm pleın ] verb intransitive or transitive *** to say that you are not satisfied with something: It s far too hot, she complained. complain (that): She complained that she never had any time to herself. complain about: What are you… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 complain — [[t]kəmple͟ɪn[/t]] ♦♦ complains, complaining, complained 1) VERB If you complain about a situation, you say that you are not satisfied with it. [V that] Miners have complained bitterly that the government did not fulfill their promises... [V… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 complain — com•plain [[t]kəmˈpleɪn[/t]] v. i. 1) to express dissatisfaction, resentment, pain, grief, etc.; find fault 2) to make a formal accusation: You must complain to the police about this vandalism[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400; MEcompleinen< AF… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 complain — v. 1) to complain bitterly, loudly, vociferously; constantly 2) (D; intr.) to complain about, of; to (I complained to the manager about the service; she complained of indigestion) 3) (L; to) she complained (to the manager) that there was no hot… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 complain — 01. He s a very negative person, so he always finds something to [complain] about. 02. All we hear are [complaints]; no one says anything when things go well. 03. We [complained] to the waiter that our food wasn t cooked properly, so we got our… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 19 complain of — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms complain of : present tense I/you/we/they complain of he/she/it complains of present participle complaining of past tense complained of past participle complained of 1) complain of something formal to say that …

    English dictionary

  • 20 complain — Synonyms and related words: accuse, ail, air a grievance, allege, arraign, article, be affected with, beef, bellyache, bemoan, bitch, boggle, book, boycott, bring accusation, bring charges, bring to book, call in question, carp at, challenge,… …

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