- 1to express dissatisfaction or annoyance about something
- 2to state that one is suffering from a particular problem or illness
Using complain: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "complain" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
She's always complaining about her job.
I'm not complaining, but I could use some help.
He complained of a headache and fatigue.
The customer complained to the manager about the poor service.
complain Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using complain
I know the job is tough, but you just have to grin and bear it.
He made a fuss when he found out his flight was delayed.
I don't know how she puts up with his constant complaining.
Phrases with complain
He complained of a sore throat.
She complained about the noise from the construction site.
a situation where everything is satisfactory and there is no reason to complain
The hotel was great - we had nothing to complain about.
Origins of complain
from Old French 'plaindre', meaning 'to lament'
Summary: complain in Brief
'Complain' [kəmˈpleɪn] is a verb that expresses dissatisfaction or annoyance about something, as in 'She's always complaining about her job.' It can also mean to state that one is suffering from a particular problem or illness, as in 'He complained of a headache and fatigue.' The phrase 'nothing to complain about' indicates a situation where everything is satisfactory. Idioms like 'grin and bear it' and 'make a fuss' describe ways of dealing with unpleasant situations.