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Definition of complain verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they complain
    he / she / it complains
    past simple complained
    -ing form complaining
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Phrasal Verbscomplain of something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: complain

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