Complain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kəmˈpleɪn|  American pronunciation of the word complain
Brit.  |kəmˈpleɪn|  British pronunciation of the word complain


- express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness (syn: kick, kvetch, plain, sound off)
My mother complains all day
- make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge
The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client

Extra examples

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.

Jane is complaining of a headache again.

Go to the teacher and complain about that boy who sits behind you.

Residents are complaining because traffic in the area has increased.

'You never ask my opinion about anything,' Rod complained.

She complained that no one had been at the airport to meet her.

She often complains about not feeling appreciated at work.

Several women have complained of sexual harassment.

Neighbours complained to the police about the dogs barking.

Employees complained bitterly about working conditions.

Complain to the boy's mother, not to me!

My mother complains all day

Word forms

I/you/we/they: complain
he/she/it: complains
present participle: complaining
past tense: complained
past participle: complained
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