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English verb: complain

1. complain (communication) express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

SamplesMy mother complains all day.
She has a lot to kick about.

ExamplesThey complain that there was a traffic accident

Synonymskick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)backbite, beef, bellyache, bemoan, bewail, bitch, bitch, bleat, crab, croak, deplore, gnarl, gripe, grizzle, grouch, grouse, grumble, grumble, hen-peck, holler, inveigh, lament, murmur, mutter, nag, peck, protest, rail, repine, report, scold, squawk, whine, yammer, yawp

Antonymschirk up, cheer up, cheer

2. complain (communication) make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge

SamplesThe plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)charge

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