complain (verb) past tense: complained LISTEN
Complain means ‘to express dissatisfaction.’
- Everyone complains about the weather but no one does anything about it.
- Wilma complained of severe back pain.
Complain also means ‘to find fault.’
- Justin's mom complained about the way he made his bed.
- "According to you, nothing I do is right," Patricia complained.
Complain can also mean ‘to make an official protest or accusation.’
- When her neighbor cut down her oak tree, Roberta complained to the police.
can’t complain: I have nothing to complain about. Example: “How are you?” “Can’t complain!”
complaint: an expression of discontent or regret. Example: “When his new car broke down, Bill wrote a letter of complaint to the manufacturer.”
In pop culture
Watch this video to learn three ways to complain. Which way do you think is most effective?