Complain meaning

kəm-plān'
To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
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To claim or express pain, displeasure, etc.
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To complain is to express your dissatisfaction or to indicate that you have an illness.

An example of complain is when you tell a restaurant they gave you poor service because your food was cold.

An example of complain is when you say you have a headache.

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To make an accusation; bring a formal charge.
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To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge; file a complaint.
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To find fault; declare annoyance.
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(intransitive) To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.

They've complained about me to the police again.

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To creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel.

The complaining bed-springs.

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(intransitive) To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.

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

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Origin of complain

  • Middle English compleinen from Old French complaindre complaign- from Vulgar Latin complangere Latin com- intensive pref. com– Latin plangere to lament plāk-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English complaynen, from Old French complaindre, from Medieval Latin complangere (“to bewail, complain”), from Latin com- (“together”) + plangere (“to strike, beat, as the breast in extreme grief, bewail”); see plain, plaint.
    From Wiktionary