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, 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.

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

  2. complain(Verb)

    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. 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

How to pronounce complain?

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How to say complain in sign language?

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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. Jeff Bardin:

    The explosion was far beyond what is believed cyber sabotage could have created, if Iran complains too loudly that adversaries destroyed their nuclear weapons development, the IAEA and the world will want a local inspection Iran has claimed they are not creating nuclear weapons. If they complain too loudly, we can confirm those locations for nuclear weapons development. If Iranian authorities claim adversary actions occurred, internally, they look weak, where they already suffer a lack of confidence. If they openly respond, they risk more attacks.

  2. Mohamed El Harari:

    The field's security guards are on strike because they complain about a delay of their salary payments, nOC paid the salaries to the security forces but they haven't paid the guards yet.

  3. Greg Abbott:

    Stop political correctness in our schools. Of course Texas schoolchildren should be taught that Alamo defenders were ‘ Heroic ’ ! i fully expect the State Board of Education to agree. Contact your SBOE Member to complain.

  4. Tamir Shlomo:

    It's paradise for the Arabs, they are getting equality. They don't need to complain about anything.

  5. John Milton:

    O loss of sight, of thee I most complain! Blind among enemies, O worse than chains, dungeon or beggary, or decrepit age! Light, the prime work of God, to me is extinct, and all her various objects of delight annulled, which might in part my grief have eased. Inferior to the vilest now become of man or worm; the vilest here excel me, they creep, yet see; I, dark in light, exposed to daily fraud, contempt, abuse and wrong, within doors, or without, still as a fool, in power of others, never in my own; scarce half I seem to live, dead more than half.

Images & Illustrations of complain

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