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Definitions of complain

  1. To express grief, pain, censure, resentment, &c; to lament; to murmur; to bring a charge against. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To express grief, pain, resentment, or discontent; as, to complain and grumble is the habit of discontented men; to make a formal accusation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To express grief, pain, censure: to murmur or express a sense of injury: to accuse. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To express grief, pain, or injury; to lay a charge against. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To make a statement of grievance; find fault; murmur. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge; "The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To give utterance to expression of grief, pain, censure, regret. etc.; to lament; to murmur; to find fault; -- commonly used with of. Also, to creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To utter expressions of grief, censure, resentment, uneasiness, or pain; to murmur; to find fault; to present an accusation against. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Complainer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for complain

  1. I should not feel that I had any right to complain if they did. – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
  2. The earth did not know that there was any other way of living, and so she did not complain – The Book of Nature Myths by Florence Holbrook
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