Definition of bemoan in English:

bemoan

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Express discontent or sorrow over (something)

    ‘it was no use bemoaning her lot’
    • ‘In one isolated village the people weep and wail, bemoaning their plight.’
    • ‘He never once complained or bemoaned the cruel hand life dealt him.’
    • ‘Contemporary chroniclers based in England had a habit of bemoaning the cost and absence of results of such campaigns.’
    • ‘The young American bemoaned the wet and cold of the Pennines, disconcerted by their bleakness that inspired the Brontes more than a century before.’
    • ‘I've always bemoaned these losses, but never exactly mourned the loss of a station.’
    • ‘This follows years of complaints from small shopkeepers and liberal commentators who bemoan supermarket's retail dominance.’
    • ‘There has been a lot of complaining about it, a good deal of bemoaning our situation.’
    • ‘The Times bemoans this development, acknowledging the commercial nature of Broadway theater, but wishing the stage itself could remain ad free.’
    • ‘Elizabeth loudly bemoans the tendency of the younger generation to career hop - ‘Just one was enough for us!’’
    • ‘He bemoans today's generation for not sharing that wish to make a difference but admits politics today ‘bores me completely’.’
    • ‘Arjan bemoans our rapid consensus of opinion.’
    • ‘Like many writers, Phillips bemoans the way in which the publishing industry is now dominated by a handful of all-powerful conglomerates.’
    • ‘Kenny bemoans the loss of that sense of community.’
    • ‘Mr Britton bemoans the location of the new hospital.’
    • ‘Weil bemoans the fact that the ban was the only one of twenty-five commission recommendations adopted.’
    • ‘It also bemoans the city's refusal to release the dossiers to the people discussed within them.’
    • ‘As the nation bemoans the prospect of new tax rises, we may take consolation from the fact that we are not the first to suffer.’
    • ‘Despite the drawbacks, Anne said she truly wants to stay in the area but bemoans the lack of amenities for her kids.’
    • ‘He is passionate about theatre, but bemoans the pressures which it is put under in Britain, thanks to underfunding.’
    • ‘He frequently bemoans the absence of suitable role models for them.’
    lament, bewail, deplore, complain about, express regret about
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Pronunciation

bemoan

/bəˈmōn/ /bəˈmoʊn/

Origin

Old English bemǣnan ‘complain, lament’. The change in the second syllable (16th century) was due to association with moan, to which it is related.