complain(redirected from complains)
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If you complain about something, you say that it is wrong or unsatisfactory.
Don't use 'over' or 'on' after complain. Don't say, for example, 'Mothers complained over the lack of play space' or 'She never complains on the weather'.
If you complain of a pain, you say that you have it.
Past participle: complained
|Verb||1.||complain - express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"|
hen-peck, nag, peck - bother persistently with trivial complaints; "She nags her husband all day long"
backbite - say mean things
gnarl, grumble, murmur, mutter, croak - make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath; "she grumbles when she feels overworked"
grouch, grumble, scold - show one's unhappiness or critical attitude; "He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong"; "We grumbled about the increased work load"
protest - utter words of protest
repine - express discontent
bemoan, bewail, deplore, lament - regret strongly; "I deplore this hostile action"; "we lamented the loss of benefits"
report - complain about; make a charge against; "I reported her to the supervisor"
bleat - talk whiningly
|2.||complain - make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge; "The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"|
charge - make an accusatory claim; "The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased"
they complained to the neighbours → se quejaron a los vecinos
I can't complain → yo no me quejo
you should complain to the police → tendrías que denunciarlo a la policía
complain[kəmˈpleɪn] vi → se plaindre
to complain about sb/sth → se plaindre de qn/qch
We complained about the noise → Nous nous sommes plaints du bruit.
to complain to sb → se plaindre à qn
I'm going to complain to the manager → Je vais me plaindre au directeur.
to complain to sb about sth → se plaindre à qn de qch
The neighbours complained to the police about the noise → Les voisins se sont plaints du bruit à la police.