verb (used without object)
Origin of complain
Examples from the Web for complained
There are a few good ones, Antoine says, but he complained bitterly of a lack of responsiveness.
Walker was not the only one who complained publicly about Jackson.
Perhaps, as one cardinal recently complained, the chaos is the plan.
Redditors had complained that the thing they found and promoted had been co-opted and mined for clicks by other sites.There Are More 'Too Many Cooks' Where That First Fever Dream Came From|Kevin Fallon|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sergei is not the only soldier who has complained about the conduct of the commander and the officers in the 12th Battalion.
Hereupon Ctesippus complained that we were talking in secret, and keeping the feast to ourselves.Lysis|Plato
"You're the first gentleman that ever complained of the place," said Mrs. Darcy.My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan
Captain Lambton complained that by the laws of war the gun was permanently out of action.Ladysmith|H. W. Nevinson
On his arrival, he complained to the king of the crime which the sailors had committed, and narrated his wonderful escape.Cyrus the Great|Jacob Abbott
He would never reach port, he complained, being so short-handed.Masters of the Guild|L. Lamprey
Word Origin for complain
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 com-), + plangere "to strike, beat the breast" (see plague (n.)). Older sense of "lament" died out 17c. Related: Complained; complaining.
see can't complain.