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Synonyms for complain

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  1. complainverb

    kvetch, whinge, grouse, moan, whine, bitch, gripe, beef, grumble, grump

  2. complainverb

    To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.

    Joe was always complaining about the noise made by his neighbours.

    bitch, kvetch, grump, grumble, whinge, moan, gripe, grouse, whine, beef

  3. complainverb

    To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.

    They've complained about me to the police again.

    kvetch, grumble, whinge, gripe, whine, moan, beef, bitch, grouse, grump

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. complain

    To complain is to give utterance to dissatisfaction or objection, express a sense of wrong or ill treatment. One complains of a real or assumed grievance; he may murmur through mere peevishness or ill temper; he repines, with vain distress, at the irrevocable or the inevitable. Complaining is by speech or writing; murmuring is commonly said of half-repressed utterance; repining of the mental act alone. One may complain of an offense to the offender or to others; he remonstrates with the offender only. Complain has a formal and legal meaning, which the other words have not, signifying to make a formal accusation, present a specific charge; the same is true of the noun complaint.

    croak, find fault, growl, grumble, grunt, murmur, remonstrate, repine

    applaud, approve, commend, eulogize, laud, praise

    Complain of a thing to a person; of one person to another, of or against a person for an act; to an officer; before the court; about a thing.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. complain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetchverb

    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

    "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"

    recoil, plain, kvetch, quetch, give up, kick, strike up, kick back, animadvert, speak out, sound off, opine, speak up

    chirk up, cheer up, cheer

  2. complainverb

    make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge

    "The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"

    kick, kvetch, plain, sound off, quetch

    cheer, chirk up, cheer up

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. complainverb

    murmur, lament, bewail, grumble, croak, find fault

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. complainverb

    murmur, repine, grumble, whine, croak

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "complain":

    complaint, bemoan, moan, protest

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How to use complain in a sentence?

  1. Jordan Spieth:

    Eight under here is nothing to complain about, just in the zone and hitting some shots. I saw the scoreboard and tried to make a push.

  2. Benjamin Franklin:

    Many complain of their memory, few of their judgment.

  3. Melina Abdullah:

    People don't realize in the seventies and eighties how dangerous it was in Los Angeles, i remember when( my parents) used to complain that police don't care about our neighborhood.

  4. Nicos Anastasiades:

    If this right is forfeited it gives others the right to decide for those abstaining ... if someone spurns that right, they shouldn't complain the next day.

  5. Sports Illustrated model Hannah Davis:

    I think I got about 100 swimsuits after landing the Sports Illustrated cover. I have no more space in my house, i can’t complain because it’s a good problem to have.

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