Definition of frustrate
1a : to balk or defeat in an endeavor frustrated her opponents by her ball-handlingb : to induce feelings of discouragement in Not being able to find a job frustrated him.
2a (1) : to make ineffectual : bring to nothing Illness frustrated his plans for college. (2) : impede, obstruct The project was frustrated by government regulations.b : to make invalid or of no effect
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.
Recent Examples of frustrate from the Web
Frustrated at not receiving a full scholarship offer despite high talent assessments, Barry went into the postseason even more determined than normal.
Homeless outreach workers were on hand to share information about shelters and other services with street dwellers who were frustrated or confused about what to do next.
That’s frustrated investors saddled with a drop of nearly 43 percent from the start of 2014 through Thursday, while the rest of the stock market marched 32 percent higher to record heights.
Fans want to see a course test golfers, not frustrate them beyond belief.
Frustrated, Capone pressed charges against Dade County’s sheriff, alleging the lawman falsely imprisoned him.
Thompson frustrated Irving early, holding him to 40 percent shooting the first two games.
The delays have been frustrating to potential customers, executives and employees in the nascent industry.
After reports Trump was frustrated with Sessions and the attorney general offered to resign, a White House spokesman offered public backing for Sessions Thursday.
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Origin and Etymology of frustrate
Middle English, from Latin frustratus, past participle of frustrare to deceive, frustrate, from frustra in error, in vain
Synonym Discussion of frustrate
Definition of frustrate
: characterized by frustration
FRUSTRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of frustrate for English Language Learners
: 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
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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