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to complain (about sthg, to sbdy): to criticize, to find fault with (something, to somebody)
To complain is usually followed by about or of:

Luna always complains about the smell in the bathroom, but despite all her talk, she doesn't do anything about it.
Kevin Connors complained about the bad working conditions in the factory.

a complaint: a protest, an accusation, a criticism, a problem
His only complaint about the restaurant: the service was terrible.
to file a complaint to officially register, log, report a criticism

Pronunciation examples
UK: I made a complaint about the choice of the music.
US: You're always complaining about your problems!


  • "Handle each complaint in a courteous and professional manner and to the client's satisfaction."
  • "And there have been no complaints at all!"
  • "Act to solve all complaints and problems to the customer's satisfaction."
  • "To help us better deal with your complaint, please choose from the following menu"
  • "He complained of "intense pancake syndrome", "lazy eyebrows" and a "chocolate mistake"."
  • "All of them reacted very positively and there were no complaints."
  • "You wisely modified the settings on PhilipBot's personality console from "Insufferable" to "Tolerable", which has led to far fewer complaints from SusieBot."
  • "Bruno : Brian, it's not good business to give vouchers to people without a legitimate complaint."
  • "-The way the complaint is handled will determine if the customer will return or not."

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