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1. complain

verb. ['kəmˈpleɪn'] express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness.

Synonyms

  • grouch
  • rail
  • grouse
  • bitch
  • holler
  • repine
  • scold
  • grizzle
  • yammer
  • grumble
  • gnarl
  • quetch
  • plain
  • murmur
  • squawk
  • croak
  • crab
  • report
  • hen-peck
  • inveigh
  • backbite
  • bemoan
  • mutter
  • yawp
  • whine
  • beef
  • sound off
  • deplore
  • kvetch
  • kick
  • peck
  • lament
  • bewail
  • bellyache
  • gripe
  • bleat
  • protest

Antonyms

  • whisper
  • praise
  • unbend
  • adorned

Etymology

  • complaynen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • complaindre (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Complain

  • st_germain
  • legerdemain
  • st_germaine
  • preordain
  • lamontagne
  • lafountaine
  • lafountain
  • inhumane
  • constrain
  • restrain
  • overtrain
  • mcswain
  • explain
  • champlain
  • aquitaine
  • ukraine
  • tremaine
  • sylvain
  • sustain
  • spokane
  • sartain
  • retrain
  • refrain
  • profane
  • partain
  • mustain
  • mundane
  • mcwain
  • mcshane
  • mcquain

Example sentences of the word complain


1. Verb, base form
As much as people may complain about PowerPoint, it is still the medium of choice for most presentations.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Don't sit at home and complain that he is out having fun without you.

Quotes containing the word complain


1. What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.
- Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

2. Some might complain that nuclear disarmament is little more than a dream. But that ignores the very tangible benefits disarmament would bring for all humankind. Its success would strengthen international peace and security. It would free up vast and much-needed resources for social and economic development. It would advance the rule of law.
- Ban Ki-moon

3. I have so much chaos in my life, it's become normal. You become used to it. You have to just relax, calm down, take a deep breath and try to see how you can make things work rather than complain about how they're wrong.
- Tom Welling

2. complain

verb. ['kəmˈpleɪn'] make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge.

Antonyms

  • walk

Etymology

  • complaynen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • complaindre (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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