Definition of complain
1 : to express grief, pain, or discontent complaining about the weather
2 : to make a formal accusation or charge He threatened to complain of him to the captain.
complaininglyplay \kəm-ˈplā-niŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of complain in a Sentence
He works hard but he never complains.
If you're unhappy with the service, you should complain to the manager.
The students complained that the test was too hard.
“These shoes are too tight,” he complained.
Recent Examples of complain from the Web
The Houston Police Department has issued several citations after neighbors complained of excessive noise.
Sorry, Sterner learned to say when someone complained that a family member was missing from his list.
With about 60% of the sector’s assets in foreign hands, the government has long complained that mostly resilient Polish banks are unnecessarily exposed to bouts of market turmoil and an occasional credit crunch in the heavily indebted eurozone.
A deputy working part time at the store reacted after some customers complained that Savannah Shukla was breastfeeding, according to the report.
Order room service as often as possible And don’t complain about the 18 percent service charge.
Pilots for some U.S. carriers have complained of wild drops in salary and disappearing pensions.
Another complained about all the shiftless people living on welfare in New Orleans.
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Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners
Definition of complain for English Language Learners
: 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)
COMPLAIN Defined for Kids
Definition of complain for Students
: to express grief, pain, or discontent : find fault
Medical Definition of complain
: to speak of one's illness or symptoms the patient visited the office complaining of weight loss
Legal Definition of complain
: to make a complaint
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