American English

Definition of complaint noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a reason for not being satisfied; a statement that someone makes saying that they are not satisfied complaint (about somebody/something) The most common complaint is about poor service. We received a number of complaints from customers about the lack of parking facilities. I'd like to make a complaint about the noise. complaint (against somebody/something) I believe you have a complaint against one of our nurses. complaint (that…) a complaint that he had been unfairly treated a formal complaint (formal) to file/lodge (= make)a complaint
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of complaining I can see no grounds for complaint. a letter of complaint
  3. 3[countable] an illness, especially one that is not serious, and often one that affects a particular part of the body a skin complaint
  4. 4[countable] (law) a formal charge brought against someone
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: complaint