What does complain mean?

Definitions for complain
kəmˈpleɪncom·plain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetchverb

    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

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

  2. complainverb

    make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge

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

Wiktionary

  1. complainverb

    To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.

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

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

  2. complainverb

    To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.

    They've complained about me to the police again.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complainverb

    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. Complainverb

    to make a formal accusation; to make a charge

  3. Complainverb

    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.]

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

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

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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

Examples of complain in a Sentence

  1. Ray Simard:

    Goto, n.: A programming tool that exists to allow structured programmers to complain about unstructured programmers.

  2. Jerome Siegel:

    People like to complain that modern life is ruining sleep, but they’re just saying: Kids today! it’s a perennial complaint but you need data to know if it’s true.

  3. Jeanne Calment:

    My sight is bad, my hearing is bad, I feel bad, but I don't suffer, I don't complain.

  4. John Numbi:

    There are strategic interests of the country at stake, if the investors complain ... the government will take measures (to deploy the army) if it decides the police cannot handle it.

  5. Hannah Ferguson:

    It was pretty strict growing up, but I mean, I can't complain. But I think me and my siblings - I'm one of five - we've turned out pretty well. i would always flip through them and look at them and daydream about one day being able to do that. I never thought it would come true.

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