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complain

[kuh m-pleyn] /kəmˈpleɪn/
verb (used without object)
1.
to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault:
He complained constantly about the noise in the corridor.
2.
to tell of one's pains, ailments, etc.:
to complain of a backache.
3.
to make a formal accusation:
If you think you've been swindled, complain to the police.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English compleinen < Anglo-French compleign-, stem of compleindre, Old French complaindre < Vulgar Latin *complangere, equivalent to Latin com- com- + plangere to lament; see plaint
Related forms
complainable, adjective
complainer, noun
complainingly, adverb
uncomplained, adjective
uncomplaining, adjective
uncomplainingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. Complain, grumble, growl, whine are terms for expressing dissatisfaction or discomfort. To complain is to protest against or lament a wrong: to complain about high prices. To grumble is to utter ill-natured complaints half to oneself: to grumble about the service. Growl may express more anger than grumble : to growl in reply to a question. To whine is to complain in a meanspirited way, using a nasal tone: to whine like a coward, like a spoiled child.
Antonyms
1. rejoice.
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  • Everyone is complaining about the subject matter of the photo.
  • The company was inundated with calls, letters and e-mails complaining about the change.
  • Theater owners began complaining about excessively long movies.
  • But these employees aren't quitting or even complaining.
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  • The director asked me to play a foreigner who was complaining about being overcharged for something.
  • He had not been complaining of ill health, but no doubt died of heart disease.
  • Notwithstanding these experiences, there was almost no complaining on the part of the students.
  • They are already going out of the way to cater to your specific needs and you are complaining about it.
  • complaining for the sake of complaining won't help anything.
British Dictionary definitions for complaining

complain

/kəmˈpleɪn/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to express resentment, displeasure, etc, esp habitually; grumble
2.
(foll by of) to state the presence of pain, illness, etc, esp in the hope of sympathy: she complained of a headache
Derived Forms
complainer, noun
complainingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French complaindre, from Vulgar Latin complangere (unattested), from Latin com- (intensive) + plangere to bewail
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Word Origin and History for complaining

complain

v.

late 14c., "find fault, lament," from stem of Old French complaindre "to lament" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *complangere, originally "to beat the breast," from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + plangere "to strike, beat the breast" (see plague (n.)). Older sense of "lament" died out 17c. Related: Complained; complaining.

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