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complain

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verb com·plain \kəm-ˈplān\

Simple Definition of complain

  • : to say or write that you are unhappy, sick, uncomfortable, etc., or that you do not like something

  • : to say (something that expresses annoyance or unhappiness)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of complain

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to express grief, pain, or discontent <complaining about the weather>

  3. 2 :  to make a formal accusation or charge

complainer noun
complainingly play \-ˈplā-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of complain in a sentence

  1. He works hard but he never complains.

  2. If you're unhappy with the service, you should complain to the manager.

  3. The students complained that the test was too hard.

  4. These shoes are too tight, he complained.



Origin of complain

Middle English compleynen, from Anglo-French compleindre, from Vulgar Latin *complangere, from Latin com- + plangere to lament — more at plaint


First Known Use: 14th century



COMPLAIN Defined for Kids

complain

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verb com·plain \kəm-ˈplān\

Definition of complain for Students

complainedcomplaining

  1. :  to express grief, pain, or discontent :  find fault

complainer noun



Medical Dictionary

complain

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intransitive verb com·plain \kəm-ˈplān\

Medical Definition of complain

  1. :  to speak of one's illness or symptoms <the patient visited the office complaining of weight loss>




Law Dictionary

complain

intransitive verb com·plain

Legal Definition of complain

  1. :  to make a complaint





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