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phrasal verb [transitive]
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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.

  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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