What does complain mean?

Definitions for complain
kəmˈpleɪncom·plain

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

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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  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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  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. 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.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain.

  3. Mark Harmon:

    It’s hard to walk through airports even in the most out-of-the-way places without being surrounded by people who love the show — and that’s nothing to complain about, i’ve done TV shows where I walk through airports apologizing.

  4. Lindsey Carnett:

    We’ve heard the term misery loves company, people who complain or rant are made for each other. Think of observing couples who have been married for years go on outings wearing the same color sweater with khaki pants. Be prepared to see Kimye evolve as they grow closer. These impulsive Twitter behaviors are just the beginning of what’s yet to come. They are a sociologist’s dream couple.

  5. William Babcock:

    We have come this far, we might as well break the record, we have a couple of storms to push us over the record. Once that is done we won't complain if we don't get any more snow.

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