Definition of complaint noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəmˈpleɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpleɪnt//
    Being ill
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  1. 1  [countable] a reason for not being satisfied; a statement that somebody 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 Express YourselfMaking a complaintYou can express your dissatisfaction when something you buy is of poor quality or the standard of service you receive is not good enough in various ways: I'm afraid I'm not satisfied with this. I'm sorry. This isn't acceptable/​good enough. We've been waiting half an hour. I'd like to make a complaint. The radio I bought doesn't work. Excuse me—this isn't what I asked for. I'm having/​I ordered the soup, not the salad. I'd like to speak to the manager. I've got a complaint about something I bought.
  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 See related entries: Being ill
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French complainte, feminine past participle of complaindre ‘to lament’, from medieval Latin complangere ‘bewail’, from Latin com- (expressing intensive force) + plangere ‘to lament’.Extra examples He has a minor skin complaint. I have a complaint about the food. My only complaint is that the website is a little difficult to use. Not being able to sleep at night is a very common complaint. One of the chief complaints is the cost. The tribunal heard complaints against the director. The way I was treated gave me no cause for complaint. They filed a complaint with the Commission. We have had some serious complaints from parents. a complaint about working conditions a complaint against the police a complaint from a customer a complaint from the neighbours a complaint of unfair dismissal complaints arising from late payment to make a complaint to the authorities He suffers from a skin complaint called ‘rosacea’. I believe you have a serious complaint against one of our nurses. I can see no grounds for complaint. I’d like to make a complaint about the noise. I’m planning to write a formal letter of complaint. The couple have lodged an official complaint against the hospital. The police have an independent complaints procedure to deal with such issues. We received a number of complaints from customers about the lack of parking.
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