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Complain (third-person singular simple present Complains, present participle Complaining, simple past and past participle Complained)

  1. (intransitive) To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
  2. (intransitive) To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.

Adverbs for Complain

bitterly; sorrowfully; dismally; audibly; feelingly; grievously; drawlingly; drearily; vehemently; respectfully; serviceably; happily; luckily; completely; entirely; thoroughly; mutually; opportunely; profitably; advantageously; conveniently; astonishingly; ingeniously; peevishly; humorously; angrily; constantly; unjustly; ignorantly; pathetically; formally; jealously; frivolously; vexatiously; chronically; vigorously; dolefully.

Verbs for Complain

involve—; nurture—; psychoanalyze—; reously; delightfully; pleasantly; absolutely; lieve—; remove—; subject to—; understand—; unravel—; —chains; —consumes; —fetters; —seeks an outlet; arm with—;

Synonyms for Complain

grumble; grouse; grump; bitch; beef; gripe; whine; kvetch; moan; whinge


bellyache, bemoan, bitch, boggle, book, boycott, bring accusation, bring charges, bring to book, call in question, carp at, challenge, charge, cite, clamor, complain loudly, complain of, confront, contend with, crab, croak, cry, cry out against, demonstrate, demonstrate against, demur, denounce, denunciate, dispute, dissent, enter a protest, expostulate, face down, face out, face up to, fasten on, fasten upon, feel ill, find fault, finger, fret, fret and fume, front, fuss, gripe, groan, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grunt, hang something on, holler, howl, impeach, imply, impute, indict, inform against, inform on, insinuate, kick, kick against, labor under, lament, lay charges, lodge a complaint, lodge a plaint, make a stand, march, meet head-on, moan, murmur, mutter, nag, object, offer resistance, oppose, pester, picket, pin on, prefer charges, press charges, press objections, protest, put on report, raise a howl, rally, recalcitrate, register a complaint, reluct, remonstrate, repine, report, reproach, revolt, scruple, show fight, sing the blues, sit in, squawk, stand, stand at bay, stand up against, stand up to, state a grievance, strike, strive against, suffer, take on, take to task, task, taunt with, tax, teach in, twit, wail, whimper, whine, withstand, worry, yap, yell bloody murder, yelp


< Middle English complaynen < Old French complaindre < Medieval Latin complangere (to bewail, complain) < Latin com- (together) + plangere (to strike, beat, as the breast in extreme grief, bewail); see plain, plaint.


  • Rhymes: -eɪn