complain - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
verb [intransitive/transitive] 

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/kəmˈpleɪn/
present tense
I/you/we/theycomplain
he/she/itcomplains
present participlecomplaining
past tensecomplained
past participlecomplained
  1. to say that you are not satisfied with something

    ‘It’s far too hot,’ she complained.

    complain about:

    What are you complaining about?

    complain (that):

    She complained that she never had any time to herself.

    complain to:

    He threatened to complain to the boss.

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