- 1 to say that you are annoyed, unhappy, or not satisfied about someone or something complain (to somebody) (about/of something) I'm going to complain to the manager about this. The defendant complained of intimidation during the investigation. She never complains, but she's obviously exhausted.
- 2(informal) “How are you?” “Oh, I can't complain (= I'm all right).” complain (that)… He complained bitterly that he had been unfairly treated. + speech “It's not fair,” she complained. Phrasal Verbscomplain of something
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NAmE//kəmˈpleɪn//[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they complain
he / she / it complains
past simple complained
-ing form complaining