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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Matt Patricia discusses the timeout call late in 4th quarter that frustrated Matthew Stafford, after tie vs. Cardinals in opener, Sept. 8, 2019. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "What happened on the Detroit Lions’ timeout call in the 4th quarter?," 9 Sep. 2019 But many times the break appears to be part of a delay strategy, which has frustrated tennis officials eager to keep things moving for less-patient spectators and television viewers. Cindy Shmerler, New York Times, "Tennis at the (Bathroom) Breaking Point," 2 Sep. 2019 The three veteran returnees at linebacker — Harrison, Tuf Borland and Pete Werner — started and contributed to a stout run defense that frustrated the Owls for three-plus quarters. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Ohio State must build on defensive start from 45-21 victory over Florida Atlantic," 31 Aug. 2019 Forcing factions to compete for power and influence in a way that frustrates the fickle and addled will of We the People was baked into the American constitutional cake from the beginning, for good reason. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "L’Esprit de l’Escalier, the ‘Times,’ Etc.," 27 Aug. 2019 Paul Dummett was outstanding throughout for Newcastle and was part of a backline that frustrated the extremely talented Spurs attack. SI.com, "Fantasy Premier League: The 10 Players Who Scooped Man of the Match in Gameweek 3," 27 Aug. 2019 The rhetorical simplicity that frustrates professional economists is, for a layman, part of M.M.T.’s appeal. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "The Economist Who Believes the Government Should Just Print More Money," 20 Aug. 2019 Though the change was thought to be non-controversial, about a dozen people gave testimony on it at the meeting, which frustrated Duhamel. oregonlive.com, "Eudaly, staffers bungled efforts to change Portland neighborhood association rules, emails show," 9 Aug. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now The official easyJet Twitter account initially responded by asking Harris to remove the photo while easyJet investigated the matter, a reply that frustrated some, including Harris himself. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Here's the Story Behind That Controversial 'Backless Seats' Photo," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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