What does complain mean?

complain meaning in General Dictionary

To lament to bewail

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  • To give utterance to phrase of grief pain censure regret an such like to lament to murmur locate fault commonly used with of and to creak or squeak as a timber or wheel
  • express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  • make a formal accusation; bring an official charge
  • To give utterance to phrase of grief, pain, censure, regret. etc.; to lament; to murmur; to get fault; -- generally combined with of. Additionally, to creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel.
  • to create a formal accusation; in order to make a charge.
  • To lament; to bewail.

complain meaning in Etymology Dictionary

belated 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 feeling of "lament" not survived 17c. Related: Complained; moaning.

Sentence Examples with the word complain

Buddy, I wouldn't complain about that.

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