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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycomplain of
he/she/itcomplains of
present participlecomplaining of
past tensecomplained of
past participlecomplained of
  1. 1
    complain of something formal to say that something bad has happened
    Refugees had complained of being robbed and beaten by officials.
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  2. 2
    complain of something to say that you have a pain or are ill
    She’d been complaining of headaches.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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