frustrate

verb
frus·​trate | \ ˈfrə-ˌstrāt How to pronounce frustrate (audio) \
frustrated; frustrating

Definition of frustrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to balk or defeat in an endeavor frustrated her opponents by her ball-handling
b : 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

frustrate

adjective

Definition of frustrate (Entry 2 of 2)

: characterized by frustration

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Synonyms & Antonyms for frustrate

Synonyms: Verb

baffle, balk, beat, checkmate, discomfit, foil, thwart

Antonyms: Verb

advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nurture, promote

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Verb

frustrate, thwart, foil, baffle, balk mean to check or defeat another's plan or block achievement of a goal. frustrate implies making vain or ineffectual all efforts however vigorous or persistent. frustrated attempts at government reform thwart suggests frustration or checking by crossing or opposing. the army thwarted his attempt at a coup foil implies checking or defeating so as to discourage further effort. foiled by her parents, he stopped trying to see her baffle implies frustration by confusing or puzzling. baffled by the maze of rules and regulations balk suggests the interposing of obstacles or hindrances. officials felt that legal restrictions had balked their efforts to control crime

Examples of frustrate in a Sentence

Verb

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.
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The move was just the latest effort to stymie and frustrate efforts by House Democrats to investigate actions by the Trump administration. Chris Strohm, Fortune, "House Panel Votes to Hold Barr, Ross in Contempt of Congress: What Happens Now," 13 June 2019 Named after Dawsom County farmer Abner Spraberry whose land was home to the first well in 1944, the Spraberry field became a popular target of drillers in the 1950s, but the tight formation proved to be challenging and frustrating. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Drilling Down: Spraberry play heats up in West Texas," 10 June 2019 The change in Hawken’s plans has left some West-Siders disappointed and frustrated. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland.com, "Hawken School scraps plans for West Side early-childhood center, sells Gordon Square property," 7 June 2019 Onstage, Raibert demonstrated these skills by showing a video of Spot robot being frustrated in its attempts to open a door. James Vincent, The Verge, "Boston Dynamics prepares to launch its first commercial robot: Spot," 5 June 2019 The Trump administration’s offensives aimed at frustrating the 5G ambitions of China and mobile-technology giant Huawei Technologies Co. might end up impeding America’s wireless ambitions, too. Stu Woo, WSJ, "Trade Fight, Curbs on Huawei Threaten 5G Growth in U.S.," 28 May 2019 The infighting has left vets frustrated, Congress confused — and a key piece of legislation stalemated. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s VA Firing Spree Falters in Court," 15 May 2019 The result was undeniably a fair reflection of the match - although the manner of the defeat was harsh on Iran, who frustrated their opponents for long periods and came desperately close to scoring on a number of occasions. SI.com, "Iran 0-1 Spain: Diego Costa & VAR Give La Roja Deserved Group B Win Despite Brave Iranian Resistance," 20 June 2018 Then, Iceland frustrated and stopped Ronaldo from scoring and rallied to earn a 1-1 draw with Portugal. Washington Post, "Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of frustrate

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frustrate

Verb and Adjective

Middle English, from Latin frustratus, past participle of frustrare to deceive, frustrate, from frustra in error, in vain

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The first known use of frustrate was in the 15th century

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frustrate

verb

English Language Learners 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

frustrate

verb
frus·​trate | \ ˈfrə-ˌstrāt How to pronounce frustrate (audio) \
frustrated; frustrating

Kids Definition of frustrate

1 : to cause to feel angry or discouraged The delays frustrated passengers.
2 : to prevent from succeeding Police frustrated the robbery.
3 : defeat entry 1 sense 2 The bad weather frustrated their plans for the beach.

frustrate

transitive verb
frus·​trate | \ ˈfrəs-ˌtrāt How to pronounce frustrate (audio) \
frustrated; frustrating

Medical Definition of frustrate

: to induce feelings of frustration in

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frustrate

transitive verb
frus·​trate | \ ˈfrəs-ˌtrāt How to pronounce frustrate (audio) \
frustrated; frustrating

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 standardsPalmer v. Bath Iron Works Corp., 559 A.2d 340 (1989)

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