Definition of Complain

1. Verb. Express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness. "They complain that there was a traffic accident "; "She has a lot to kick about"




2. Verb. Make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge. "The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"
Generic synonyms: Charge
Derivative terms: Complainant, Complaint, Complaint

Definition of Complain

1. v. i. 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. v. t. To lament; to bewail.

Definition of Complain

1. Verb. (intransitive) To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Complain

1. to express discontent [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Literary usage of Complain

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1. The Innocents Abroad; Or, The New Pilgrim's Progress: Being Some Account of by Mark Twain (1884)
"Hut Oliver did not complain. The horses dragged the wagon two miles from town and ... Oliver did not complain. Fire days of pushing the wagon by day and ..."

2. Thucydides Translated Into English by Benjamin Jowett, Thucydides (1881)
"VIII. determined to go to the Hellespont, and complain of B.0411. He stops on their conduct in the affair of ..."

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