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complaint

noun     /kəmˈpleɪnt/
[C] a written or spoken statement in which someone says that somebody has done something wrong or that something is not satisfactory: lodge/make/receive a complaint The council has said that it received complaints but that it cannot disclose details.deal with/handle complaints They have an efficient system in place for dealing with customer complaints.complaint about sb/sth The gas company has promised to investigate the man's complaint about a quarterly bill for £1,500.complaint against sb/sth Complaints against an employment agency should be made to the Employment Agencies Standards office.
[C or U] the act of complaining, or a reason for someone to complain: The biggest complaint about the new proposal is that it could increase costs.cause/grounds for complaint On this occasion, shareholders have little cause for complaint. We have received several letters of complaint.
[C] LAW a formal statement that someone has harmed somebody else or done something illegal, which must be proved in a court of law: file/lodge a complaint A complaint alleging financial wrongdoing was lodged with the district attorney's office.
(Definition of complaint noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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