complain ( 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
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
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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