complain meaning, complain definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( complains    3rd person present)   ( complaining    present participle)   ( complained    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you complainabout a situation, you say that you are not satisfied with it.  
Miners have complained bitterly that the government did not fulfill their promises...      V that  
The American couple complained about the high cost of visiting Europe...      V about/of n  
They are liable to face more mistreatment if they complain to the police...      V to n  
People should complain when they consider an advert offensive...      V  
`I do everything you ask of me,' he complained.      V with quote  
2       verb   If you complain of pain or illness, you say that you are feeling pain or feeling ill.  
He complained of a headache.      V of n  
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beef     (slang)   bellyache     (slang)   bemoan, bewail, bitch     (slang)   bleat, carp, deplore, find fault, fuss, grieve, gripe     (informal)   groan, grouch     (informal)   grouse, growl, grumble, kick up a fuss     (informal)   kvetch     (U.S. slang)   lament, moan, put the boot in     (slang)   whine, whinge     (informal)  

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