Definitions for: Complain


[v] make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge; "The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"
[v] express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"



Webster (1913) Definition: Com*plain", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Complained; p. pr.
& vb. n. Complaining.] [F. complaindre, LL. complangere;
com- + L. plangere to strike, beat, to beat the breast or
head as a sign of grief, to lament. See Plaint.]
1. 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.

O loss of sight, of thee I most complain! --Milton.

2. To make a formal accusation; to make a charge.

Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me to the
king? --Shak.

Syn: To repine; grumble; deplore; bewail; grieve; mourn;
regret; murmur.


Com*plain", v. t.
To lament; to bewail. [Obs.]

They might the grievance inwardly complain. --Daniel.

By chaste Lucrece's soul that late complain'd Her
wrongs to us. --Shak.

Synonyms: kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off

Antonyms: cheer, cheer up, chirk up

See Also: backbite, beef, bellyache, bemoan, bewail, bitch, bleat, charge, croak, deplore, gnarl, gripe, grizzle, grouch, grouse, grumble, hen-peck, holler, inveigh, lament, murmur, mutter, nag, peck, protest, rail, regret, repine, report, scold, squawk, whine, yammer, yawp

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