- 1an expression of dissatisfaction or annoyance about something
- 2a reason for dissatisfaction or annoyance
Using complaint: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "complaint" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
He filed a complaint with the manager about the poor service.
The main complaint among the employees was the low salary.
She had no complaints about the hotel's facilities.
The customer's complaint was resolved by the company.
complaint Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using complaint
to exaggerate the importance of something; to treat a minor issue as if it were a major one
He made a federal case out of a simple complaint about the food.
She decided to grin and bear it rather than file a complaint about her coworker's behavior.
After he aired his complaints, he felt like a weight had been lifted off his chest.
Phrases with complaint
If you have any issues, please feel free to air your complaints.
I have no complaints about the quality of the product.
He lodged a complaint with the police about the noise from his neighbor's party.
Origins of complaint
from Latin 'complangere', meaning 'to lament'
Summary: complaint in Brief
A 'complaint' [kəmˈpleɪnt] is an expression of dissatisfaction or annoyance about something, often with a reason. It can be lodged formally or informally, and can be resolved or left unaddressed. Phrases like 'air a complaint' and 'lodge a complaint' describe the act of expressing dissatisfaction, while idioms like 'grin and bear it' and 'get off someone's chest' describe ways of dealing with it.