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.

  2. complainverb

    To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.

    They've complained about me to the police again.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Complainverb

    This sense is rare, and perhaps not very proper. To lament; to bewail.

    Gaufride, who couldst so well in rhime complain
    The death of Richard, with an arrow slain. John Dryden, Fables.

  2. To COMPLAINverb

    Etymology: complaindre, French.

    Lord Hastings,
    Humbly complaining to her deity,
    Got my lord chamberlain his liberty. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. Job, vii. 11.

    Shall I, like thee, on Friday night complain?
    For on that day was Cœur de Lion slain. John Dryden, Fables.

    Do not all men complain, even these as well as others, of the great ignorance of mankind? Thomas Burnet, Theory of Earth. Pref. to.

    Thus accurs’d,
    In midst of water I complain of thirst. Dryden.

    Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? Lam. iii. 39.

    Now, master Shallow, you’ll complain of me to the council? William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

Wikipedia

  1. complain

    In legal terminology, a complaint is any formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal reasons (see: cause of action) that the filing party or parties (the plaintiff(s)) believes are sufficient to support a claim against the party or parties against whom the claim is brought (the defendant(s)) that entitles the plaintiff(s) to a remedy (either money damages or injunctive relief). For example, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) that govern civil litigation in United States courts provide that a civil action is commenced with the filing or service of a pleading called a complaint. Civil court rules in states that have incorporated the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure use the same term for the same pleading. In Civil Law, a “complaint” is the first formal action taken to officially begin a lawsuit. This written document contains the allegations against the defense, the specific laws violated, the facts that led to the dispute, and any demands made by the plaintiff to restore justice.In some jurisdictions, specific types of criminal cases may also be commenced by the filing of a complaint, also sometimes called a criminal complaint or felony complaint. Most criminal cases are prosecuted in the name of the governmental authority that promulgates criminal statutes and enforces the police power of the state with the goal of seeking criminal sanctions, such as the State (also sometimes called the People) or Crown (in Commonwealth realms). In the United States, the complaint is often associated with misdemeanor criminal charges presented by the prosecutor without the grand jury process. In most U.S. jurisdictions, the charging instrument presented to and authorized by a grand jury is referred to as an indictment.

ChatGPT

  1. complain

    To complain means to express dissatisfaction, discontent, or annoyance about something or someone, often in order to provoke a change or seek a solution. This could relate to a situation, service, product, behavior, event, or condition that the individual finds unsatisfactory or unacceptable. Typically, complaining conveys negative or critical feelings and perspectives.

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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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

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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. Ian McKellen:

    For people to complain about it and say they don't want children to see it is absolute rubbish, i know people who don't like gay people and make a fuss. It's a very small moment in the movie, no one should get too excited.

  2. Carol McDaid:

    It gets very complicated for the average person, they're already in a [mental health] crisis, looking for help, and they don't know if they should write and complain to their state insurance commissioner, the Department of Labor, the health department. It gets very difficult.

  3. RJ Intindola:

    People that complain often are usually trying to get attention. The stems from the fact they’re displeased with their accomplishments and think the lack of same is the fault of others.

  4. Pharrell Williams:

    Everybody dreams of being on the front row and today, everybody got to be on the front row and everybody could see the details ... so nobody could complain.

  5. Kat Stafford:

    There’s a real transit inequity issue in America. It exists right here in my hometown of Detroit. When I covered city hall, I spent hours at city council meetings where I heard residents complain and beg for improved bus services and access.

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