What does complain mean?

Definitions for complainkəmˈpleɪn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word complain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. complain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetch(verb)

    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

    "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"

  2. complain(verb)

    make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge

    "The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"

Wiktionary

  1. complain(Verb)

    To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.

    Joe was always complaining about the noise made by his neighbours.

  2. complain(Verb)

    To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.

    They've complained about me to the police again.

  3. Origin: From complaynen, from complaindre, from complangere, from com- + plangere; see plain, plaint.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complain(verb)

    to give utterance to expression of grief, pain, censure, regret. etc.; to lament; to murmur; to find fault; -- commonly used with of. Also, to creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel

  2. Complain(verb)

    to make a formal accusation; to make a charge

  3. Complain(verb)

    to lament; to bewail

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Complain

    kom-plān′, v.i. to express grief, pain, censure: to murmur or express a sense of injury: to accuse: to make a mournful sound: to be ill—e.g. 'to complain of a sore throat.'—n. complaint.—ns. Complain′ant, one who complains: (law) one who raises a suit, a plaintiff; Complain′er, a murmurer: complainant; Complain′ing, the action of the verb complain: complaint.—adv. Complain′ingly.—n. Complaint′, a complaining: an expression of grief: a representation of pains or injuries: a finding fault: the thing complained of: a disease: an ailment. [Fr. complaindre—Low L. complangĕre—L. com, inten., plangĕre, bewail.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'complain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3729

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'complain' in Verbs Frequency: #443

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Never complain and never explain.

  2. Dale Carnegie:

    Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.

  3. G. K. Chesterton:

    The poor complain that they are governed badly. The rich complain that they are governed at all.

  4. Maria Lipman:

    Look at these poor Muscovites. ... Oh my God, they complain because they cannot go to Italy on vacation and they can no longer afford to buy Parmesan cheese!

  5. Tori Amos:

    Our generation has an incredible amount of realism, yet at the same time it loves to complain and not really change because if it does change then it won't have anything to complain about.

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