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Definition of bemoan verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bemoan

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bɪˈməʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈmoʊn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bemoan
BrE BrE//bɪˈməʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈmoʊn//
 
he / she / it bemoans
BrE BrE//bɪˈməʊnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈmoʊnz//
 
past simple bemoaned
BrE BrE//bɪˈməʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈmoʊnd//
 
past participle bemoaned
BrE BrE//bɪˈməʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈmoʊnd//
 
-ing form bemoaning
BrE BrE//bɪˈməʊnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈmoʊnɪŋ//
 
 
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bemoan something (formal) to complain or say that you are not happy about something They sat bemoaning the fact that no one would give them a chance. Word Origin Old English bemǣnan ‘complain, lament’. The change in the second syllable (16th cent.) was due to association with moan, to which it is related.
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