HyperDic: complain

English > 2 senses of the word complain:
VERBcommunicationcomplain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetchexpress complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
communicationcomplainmake a formal accusation
complain > pronunciation
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English > complain: 2 senses > verb 1, communication
MeaningExpress complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
ModelThey complain that there was a traffic accident
Example"My mother complains all day"
Synonymskick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetch
Narrowerbackbite, bitchsay mean things
bleattalk / talk whiningly
deplore, lament, bewail, bemoanregret strongly
gripe, bitch, grouse, crab, beef, squawk, bellyache, hollercomplain
grouch, grumble, scoldshow one's unhappiness or critical attitude
murmur, mutter, grumble, croak, gnarlmake complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
nag, peck, hen-peckbother persistently with trivial complaints
protestUtter words / words of protest
rail, inveighcomplain bitterly
repineExpress discontent
reportcomplain about
whine, grizzle, yammer, yawpcomplain whiningly
Oppositecheer, cheer up, chirk upBecome cheerful
Spanishlamentarse, lamentar, protestar, quejarse
Catalanlamentar-se, lamentar, queixar-se
Nounscomplainera person given to excessive complaints and crying and whining
complaintan expression of grievance or resentment
English > complain: 2 senses > verb 2, communication
Meaningmake a formal accusation; bring a formal charge.
PatternSomebody ----s that CLAUSE
Example"The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"
Broaderchargemake an accusatory claim
Nounscomplainanta person who brings an action in a court of law
complaint(civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
complaint(criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense

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