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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Complain  \Com*plain"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Complained};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Complaining}.]  [F.  complaindre  LL  complangere 
  com-  +  L.  plangere  to  strike,  beat  to  beat  the  breast  or 
  head  as  a  sign  of  grief,  to  lament.  See  {Plaint}.] 
  1.  To  give  utterance  to  expression  of  grief,  pain,  censure, 
  regret.  etc.;  to  lament;  to  murmur;  to  find  fault;  -- 
  commonly  used  with  of  Also  to  creak  or  squeak,  as  a 
  timber  or  wheel. 
 
  O  loss  of  sight,  of  thee  I  most  complain!  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  make  a  formal  accusation;  to  make  a  charge. 
 
  Now  Master  Shallow,  you'll  complain  of  me  to  the 
  king?  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  To  repine;  grumble;  deplore;  bewail;  grieve;  mourn; 
  regret;  murmur. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Complain  \Com*plain"\,  v.  t. 
  To  lament;  to  bewail.  [Obs.] 
 
  They  might  the  grievance  inwardly  complain.  --Daniel. 
 
  By  chaste  Lucrece's  soul  that  late  complain'd  Her 
  wrongs  to  us  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  complain 
  v  :  express  complaints,  discontent,  displeasure,  or  unhappiness; 
  "My  mother  complains  all  day";  "She  has  a  lot  to  kick 
  about"  [syn:  {kick},  {plain},  {sound  off},  {quetch},  {kvetch}] 
  [ant:  {cheer}] 




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