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Meaning of COMPLAIN

Pronunciation:  kum'pleyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge; "The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"
  2. [v]  express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"

COMPLAIN is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
 Antonyms: cheer, cheer up, chirk up
 See Also: backbite, beef, bellyache, bemoan, bewail, bitch, bleat, charge, croak, deplore, gnarl, gripe, grizzle, grouch, grouse, grumble, hen-peck, holler, inveigh, lament, murmur, mutter, nag, peck, protest, rail, regret, repine, report, scold, squawk, whine, yammer, yawp



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com*plain"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Complained}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Complaining}.] [F. complaindre, LL. complangere;
    com- + L. plangere to strike, beat, to beat the breast or
    head as a sign of grief, to lament. See {Plaint}.]
    1. To give utterance to expression of grief, pain, censure,
       regret. etc.; to lament; to murmur; to find fault; --
       commonly used with of. Also, to creak or squeak, as a
       timber or wheel.
             O loss of sight, of thee I most complain! --Milton.
    2. To make a formal accusation; to make a charge.
             Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me to the
             king?                                 --Shak.
    Syn: To repine; grumble; deplore; bewail; grieve; mourn;
         regret; murmur.
  2. \Com*plain"\, v. t.
    To lament; to bewail. [Obs.]
          They might the grievance inwardly complain. --Daniel.
          By chaste Lucrece's soul that late complain'd Her
          wrongs to us.                            --Shak.
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