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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 formal statement to a government authority that you have a legal cause to complain about the way you have been treated: [C] He filed a complaint with the commission, charging discrimination based on his disability.
(Definition of complaint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"complaint" in British English

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complaintnoun

uk   /kəmˈpleɪnt/  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 our listeners about offensive language. I've made a complaint (= formally complained) to the police about the noise. [+ that] We've had complaints that you've been playing your radio too loud. Do you have any grounds for complaint (= reason to formally complain)?

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  • complaint noun (ILLNESS)

[C] an illness: a heart/stomach complaint
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"complaint" in Business English

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complaintnoun

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 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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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