bemoan

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bemenen, bimenen, from Old English bemǣnan (to bemoan, bewail, lament), equivalent to be- (about, concerning) +‎ moan. Alteration of vowel from Middle to Modern English due to analogy with moan.

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bemoan (third-person singular simple present bemoans, present participle bemoaning, simple past and past participle bemoaned)

  1. (transitive) to complain about; to be dismayed or worried about something
    He bemoaned the drought but went on watering his lawn.

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