To complain is to express your unhappiness about something. You might complain to your landlord about a raise in your rent, or to the cops about your noisy neighbors. Just don't whine; it won't get you anywhere.

Speakers of Yiddish will know that complain is often interchangeable with kvetch, which is what you do when you don't like the food or the small portions. But you can complain in a more formal way by, say, writing a letter or even filing a lawsuit. But whether the issue is large or small, do yourself a favor and don't complain too often, or people might stop taking you seriously.

Definitions of complain
  1. verb
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
    “My mother complains all day”
    synonyms: kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
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    cheer, cheer up, chirk up
    become cheerful
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    hen-peck, nag, peck
    bother persistently with trivial complaints
    backbite, bitch
    say mean things
    grizzle, whine, yammer, yawp
    complain whiningly
    croak, gnarl, grumble, murmur, mutter
    make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
    grouch, grumble, scold
    show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
    utter words of protest
    express discontent
    beef, bellyache, bitch, crab, gripe, grouse, holler, squawk
    inveigh, rail
    complain bitterly
    bemoan, bewail, deplore, lament
    regret strongly
    complain about; make a charge against
    talk whiningly
    declaim, inveigh
    speak against in an impassioned manner
  2. verb
    make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge
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    type of:
    make an accusatory claim
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