complain


complain
com|plain
W3S2 [kəmˈpleın] v
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: complaindre, from Vulgar Latin complangere, from Latin com- ( COM-) + plangere ( PLAINT)]
1.) [I,T not in passive]
to say that you are annoyed, not satisfied, or unhappy about something or someone
→↑complaint
Residents are complaining because traffic in the area has increased.
'You never ask my opinion about anything,' Rod complained.
complain (that)
She complained that no one had been at the airport to meet her.
complain about
She often complains about not feeling appreciated at work.
complain of
Several women have complained of sexual harassment.
complain to
Neighbours complained to the police about the dogs barking.
Employees complained bitterly about working conditions.
2.) (I/you/he etc) can't complain
spoken used to say that a situation is satisfactory, even though there may be a few problems
I make a good living. I can't complain.
complain of [complain of sth] phr v
to say that you feel ill or have a pain in a part of your body
Dan's been complaining of severe headaches.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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