complaint Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"complaint" in British English

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uk   us   /kəmˈpleɪnt/

complaint noun (REPORT OF A PROBLEM)

B1 [C or U] a ​statement that something is ​wrong or not ​satisfactory: We've ​received a complaint from one of ​ourlisteners aboutoffensivelanguage. I've made a complaint (= ​formallycomplained) to the ​police about the ​noise. [+ that] We've had complaints that you've been ​playingyourradio too ​loud. Do you have any grounds for complaint (= ​reason to ​formallycomplain)?
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complaint noun (ILLNESS)

[C] an ​illness: a ​heart/​stomach complaint
(Definition of complaint from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"complaint" in American English

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complaintnoun [C/U]

 us   /kəmˈpleɪnt/
a ​statement that something is ​wrong or not good enough, the ​act of ​complaining, or the thing you are ​complaining about: [U] a ​letter of complaint [C] Her only complaint is that she sometimes didn’t get enough ​heat in her ​apartment. law A complaint is also a ​formalstatement to a ​governmentauthority that you have a ​legalcause to ​complain about the way you have been ​treated: [C] He ​filed a complaint with the ​commission, ​chargingdiscriminationbased on his ​disability.
(Definition of complaint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"complaint" in Business English

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uk   us   /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 with/handle complaints They have an ​efficientsystem in ​place for ​dealing with ​customer complaints.complaint about sb/sth The ​gascompany has promised to ​investigate the man's complaint about a ​quarterlybill for £1,500.complaint against sb/sth Complaints against an ​employmentagency 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 ​increasecosts.cause/grounds for complaint On this occasion, ​shareholders have little cause for complaint. We have received several letters of complaint.
[C] LAW a ​formalstatement 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 ​allegingfinancialwrongdoing was ​lodged with the ​district attorney's ​office.
(Definition of complaint from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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