Simple Definition of frustrate
: to cause (someone) to feel angry, discouraged, or upset because of not being able to do something
: to prevent (efforts, plans, etc.) from succeeding : to keep (someone) from doing something
Examples of frustrate in a sentence
It frustrated him to miss so many games because of injuries.
We've been frustrated by bureaucratic delays.
Bureaucratic delays have frustrated our efforts to resolve this problem.
The lack of investors has frustrated them in their efforts to expand the company.
Origin and Etymology of frustrate
Middle English, from Latin frustratus, past participle of frustrare to deceive, frustrate, from frustra in error, in vain
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of frustrate
Definition of frustrate
: characterized by frustration
First Known Use of frustrate
FRUSTRATE Defined for Kids
Definition of frustrate for Students
1 : to cause to feel angry or discouraged <The delays frustrated passengers.>
2 : to prevent from succeeding <Police frustrated the robbery.>
3 : 1defeat 2 <The bad weather frustrated their plans for the beach.>
Legal Definition of frustrate
: to make invalid or ineffectual : defeat <the remedial purposes of the Workers' Compensation Act should not be frustrated by rigid technical standards — Palmer v. Bath Iron Works Corp., 559 A.2d 340 (1989)>
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