verb (used without object)
- to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault: He complained constantly about the noise in the corridor.
- to tell of one’s pains, ailments, etc.: to complain of a backache.
- to make a formal accusation: If you think you’ve been swindled, complain to the police.
- to express resentment, displeasure, etc, esp habitually; grumble
- (foll by of) to state the presence of pain, illness, etc, esp in the hope of sympathyshe complained of a headache
late 14c., “find fault, lament,” from stem of Old French complaindre “to lament” (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *complangere, originally “to beat the breast,” from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see ), + plangere “to strike, beat the breast” (see (n.)). Older sense of “lament” died out 17c. Related: Complained; complaining.
see can’t complain.