complaint

complaint
noun
1 (C, U) a written or spoken statement in which someone complains about something: The sales assistants were trained to deal with customer complaints in a friendly manner.
(+ about): We have received a number of complaints about your conduct. (+ against): All complaints against police officers are carefully investigated. | complaint that: We are concerned by complaints that children are being bullied. | make a complaint (=complain formally to someone): If you wish to make a complaint you should see the manager. | have/receive a complaint: The BBC received a stream of complaints about the programme. | file/lodge/submit a complaint formal (=complain officially to someone): "I wish to lodge an official complaint." the woman said. | letter of complaint: The Council received over 10,000 letters of complaint. | reason/cause/grounds for complaint: Anyone dismissed because of their race has legitimate grounds for complaint. | complaints procedure (=a system for dealing with official complaints)
2 (C) something that you complain about: Our main complaint is the poor standard of service.
3 (C) an illness that affects a particular part of your body: Mr Riley is suffering from a chest complaint. | minor skin complaints

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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