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 Dictionary entry overview: What does complain mean? 

  The verb COMPLAIN has 2 senses:

1. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
2. make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge

  Familiarity information: COMPLAIN used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1complain [BACK TO TOP]


Express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


complain; kvetch; plain; quetch; sound off; kick

Context examples:

My mother complains all day / She has a lot to kick about

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "complain"):

hen-peck; nag; peck (bother persistently with trivial complaints)

report (complain about; make a charge against)

bemoan; bewail; deplore; lament (regret strongly)

inveigh; rail (complain bitterly)

beef; bellyache; crab; gripe; grouse; holler; squawk (complain)

repine (express discontent)

protest (utter words of protest)

grouch; grumble; scold (show one's unhappiness or critical attitude)

croak; gnarl; grumble; murmur; mutter (make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath)

grizzle; whine; yammer; yawp (complain whiningly)

backbite; bitch (say mean things)

bleat (talk whiningly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They complain that there was a traffic accident


cheer (become cheerful)

Sense 2complain [BACK TO TOP]


Make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client

Hypernyms (to "complain" is one way to...):

charge (make an accusatory claim)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

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