[ UK /kəmplˈe‍ɪn/ ]
[ US /kəmˈpɫeɪn/ ]
  1. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
    My mother complains all day
    She has a lot to kick about
  2. make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge
    The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client
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How To Use complain In A Sentence

  • His wife shopped him to me with a bitter complaint about his clothes bill.
  • I don't think they play at all fairly," Alice began, in rather a complaining tone, "and they all quarrel so dreadfully one can't hear oneself speak and they don't seem to have any rules in particular; at least, if there are, nobody attends to them -- and you've no idea how confusing it is all the things being alive; for instance, there's the arch I've got to go through next walking about at the other end of the ground -- and I should have croqueted the Queen's hedgehog just now, only it ran away when it saw mine coming! Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Handling complaints well can turn a dissatisfied customer into a loyal one.
  • The company has been sitting on my letter for weeks without dealing with my complaint.
  • Referring to some of the songs of that year, it complained that ‘some fellow gets shot, and his baby and his best friend both die with him, and some cat's crying or ready to die’.
  • A spokesman said: ‘Following a further complaint, visits to the tea room this year established the conditions of the licence had again been broken.’
  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain. Maya Angelou 
  • The watchdog plans to issue formal regulatory guidance setting out how companies should handle endowment complaints and assess where compensation is due.
  • He never complained, except when he occasionally slipped on muddy cobblestones.
  • But, as soon as that box landed, as soon as he delved in and lifted out his brassie and his spoon and his cleek, Reid did not have a single complaint in the whole wide world.
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