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intr.v. com·plained, com·plain·ing, com·plains
1. To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
2. To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge; file a complaint.

[Middle English compleinen, from Old French complaindre, complaign-, from Vulgar Latin *complangere : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com- + Latin plangere, to lament; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

com·plain′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.complaining - expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment; "a complaining boss"
uncomplaining - not complaining; "uncomplaining courage"
References in classic literature ?
There are laws, it is true, against adultery, but they seem to have been only for the meaner people, and the women of quality, especially the ouzoros, or ladies of the blood royal, are so much above them, that their husbands have not even the liberty of complaining; and certainly to support injuries of this kind without complaining requires a degree of patience which few men can boast of.
For my part, I confess I must complain however small the ache may be; unless this rule about not complaining extends to the squires of knights-errant also.
Leonard Upjohn came to him, while he was making himself a cup of tea in the kitchen, and said that Cronshaw was complaining of Philip's insistence that he should have a doctor.
Upjohn tells me you've been complaining to him because I've urged you to have a doctor," he said.
A PERSONAL trainer working at a Huddersfield fitness centre claims he was told to leave - after complaining about the smell of frying bacon wafting into the gym when he was taking sessions.
Among those who said they were concerned about care but did not complain, 19% said they were worried about the impact that complaining would have on the care and treatment of their relative.
Summary: Jaitley says consumers are not complaining about GST because the government has kept the rates at reasonable levels
With a new academic year starting, I thought I'd go through the minefield that is complaining about your child's school.
As I sacrificed something I liked month to month, I unfortunately adopted complaining as a coping mechanism.
Almost one in five did not know how to raise a potential complaint, while about a third felt that complaining would not make any difference.
A girl student of the school while complaining on this occasion said that clean drinking water is not available in the school and we bring it from other places outside the school.
When we have to live or work with negative and complaining people, it can be draining and downright toxic.