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 PLACE Diamond Reef is tucked between a Christian center and an auto body shop on an industrial stretch of Atlantic Avenue, with few neighbors to complain about noise.
One of those who went to see Miller, the NNSA director, in 2011 to complain about criticality safety was Jerry McKamy, a former NNSA nuclear physicist who is now a senior expert at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.
Residents of Grenfell Tower complained about fire-safety concerns for at least four years prior to the disaster.
Parents complained about a long lunch line and limited student opportunity for library visits.
Those who complained said the program had caused children who once enjoyed math to hate the subject.
Marv Levy complained about it and then the next year used it, which was great.
Scott arrived in the emergency room by ambulance around 3 p.m., complaining of chest and abdominal pain.
Residents had reportedly been complaining for years about the building's safety risk.
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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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