complain


complain
verb
ADVERB
bitterly

She complained bitterly about the lack of help she received.

loudly
constantly, frequently, repeatedly
openly, publicly
privately
VERB + COMPLAIN
cannot
can hardly

It was entirely my own idea, so I can hardly complain.

have cause to, have reason to, have a right to

He really has no right to complain.

begin to, start to
PREPOSITION
about

All the guests complained about the noise.

at

She complained at the unfairness of it all.

to

I'm going to complain to the authorities about this!

of

45 officers complained of harassment.

Complain is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑critic, ↑employee, ↑neighbour

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  • complain — (v.) late 14c., find fault, lament, from stem of O.Fr. complaindre to lament (12c.), from V.L. *complangere, originally to beat the breast, from L. com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + plangere to strike, beat the breast (see PLAGUE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

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  • complain — [kəm plān′] vi. [ME compleinen < OFr complaindre < VL * complangere, orig., to beat the breast < L com , intens. + plangere, to strike: see PLAINT] 1. to claim or express pain, displeasure, etc. 2. to find fault; declare annoyance 3. to… …   English World dictionary

  • complain — com|plain W3S2 [kəmˈpleın] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: complaindre, from Vulgar Latin complangere, from Latin com ( COM ) + plangere ( PLAINT)] 1.) [I,T not in passive] to say that you are annoyed, not satisfied, or unhappy about… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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