complaint Definition

  • 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!

  • Example

    He filed a complaint with the manager about the poor service.

  • Example

    The main complaint among the employees was the low salary.

  • Example

    She had no complaints about the hotel's facilities.

  • Example

    The customer's complaint was resolved by the company.

complaint Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for complaint

Idioms Using complaint

  • make a federal case out of something

    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.

  • grin and bear it

    to endure a difficult or unpleasant situation with good humor


    She decided to grin and bear it rather than file a complaint about her coworker's behavior.

  • get off someone's chest

    to relieve oneself of a burden by talking about it


    After he aired his complaints, he felt like a weight had been lifted off his chest.

Phrases with complaint

  • to express one's dissatisfaction or annoyance about something


    If you have any issues, please feel free to air your complaints.

  • have no complaints

    to be completely satisfied with something


    I have no complaints about the quality of the product.

  • to make a formal complaint to an authority or organization


    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.

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