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noun complaint pronunciation in British English /kəmˈpleɪnt/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a written or spoken statement in which someone says they are not satisfied with something
    make/file/lodge a complaint: I intend to make a complaint.
    complaint about: Customers lodged a formal complaint about the way they were treated.
    complaint against: An alarming number of complaints have been filed against him.
    complaint that: The council has received complaints that the building is not safe.
    investigate a complaint: All complaints are thoroughly investigated.
    uphold a complaint (=say it is reasonable): The Commission upheld the complaint under Article 13.
    grounds/cause for complaint: If they had a more caring attitude, we’d have less cause for complaint.
    1. a.
      [countable] something that someone complains about
      The main complaint was the noise.
  2. 2
    [countable] an illness or other medical problem
    minor complaints like headaches
    a liver complaint


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