Definitions for complainkəmˈpleɪn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to express dissatisfaction, resentment, pain, grief, etc.; find fault.
to make a formal accusation:
You must complain to the police about this vandalism.
* Syn: complain , grumble , whine are terms for expressing dissatisfaction or discomfort. To complain is to protest against or lament a condition or wrong: to complain about high prices. To grumble is to utter surly, ill-natured complaints half to oneself: to grumble about the service. To whine is to complain in a meanspirited, objectionable way, using a nasal tone; it often suggests persistence: to whine like a spoiled child.
Origin of complain:
1350–1400; ME compleinen < AF compleign-, s. of compleindre, OF complaindre < VL *complangere= L com-com - +plangere to lament; see plaint
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"
make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge
"The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to express unhappiness
We can't complain about the weather.; She complained that she had nothing to do.; I'm going to complain to the waiter.
To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
Joe was always complaining about the noise made by his neighbours.
To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.
They've complained about me to the police again.
Origin: From complaynen, from complaindre, from complangere, from com- + plangere; see plain, plaint.
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
to make a formal accusation; to make a charge
to lament; to bewail
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Word rank popularity for 'complain' among Written Corpus Frequency: #3729
Word rank popularity for 'complain' among Verbs Frequency: #443
Translations for complain
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to state one's displeasure, dissatisfaction etc
I'm going to complain to the police about the noise.
- kla, klae, klaagAfrikaans
- يَتَذَمَّر، يَتَشَكّىArabic
- изказвам недоволствоBulgarian
- queixar-sePortuguese (BR)
- stěžovat siCzech
- sich beklagenGerman
- گله کردن؛ شکوه کردنFarsi
- se plaindreFrench
- शिकायत करनाHindi
- tužiti se, žaliti seCroatian
- sūdzēties; iesniegt sūdzībuLatvian
- klage (over), beklage seg, påtale, reklamereNorwegian
- گله کردن؛ شکوه کردنPersian
- شكايت كول، عارض كېدل، ماڼى جن كېدل، ګيله من كېدلPashto
- a se plângeRomanian
- подавать жалобуRussian
- sťažovať saSlovak
- pritožiti seSlovenian
- žaliti seSerbian
- şikâyet etmekTurkish
- 抱怨Chinese (Trad.)
- подавати скаргуUkrainian
- شکایت کرناUrdu
- than phiềnVietnamese
- 抱怨Chinese (Simp.)
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