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English definition of “complaint”

complaint

noun [C or U] (REPORT OF A PROBLEM)    /kəmˈpleɪnt/
B1 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)?Complaining
(Definition of complaint noun (REPORT OF A PROBLEM) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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