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

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Investors, sometimes not the original investors, have been using this distinction to frustrate not for profit sponsors from executing the transition that was expected when the initial deal were struck over 15 years back. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, "New York AG Supports Community Group In Battle With AIG Over Tax Credit Property," 21 Apr. 2021 Unlike some music documentaries which frustrate viewers by sharing only brief snatches of the subject’s work, Dixon’s presents two complete performances. BostonGlobe.com, "Doc Talk: Medical practice, paternity test, musical inspiration," 8 Apr. 2021 His ability to smother and frustrate the best guards is an invaluable asset. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Ranking the 10 best college basketball players in the men's NCAA Tournament Final Four," 2 Apr. 2021 With a bit of vigilance, training and procedures, all businesses can operate safely and frustrate devious hackers. Jess Coburn, sun-sentinel.com, "Small business never too small to be cyber-attacked | Opinion," 1 Apr. 2021 The Trojans have the size to frustrate the Bulldogs on Tuesday. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: USC has the goods to topple unbeaten Gonzaga and reach the Final Four," 29 Mar. 2021 Political and outside factors could still frustrate Biden -- not least a wafer-thin margin of error in a 50-50 Senate. Stephen Collinson And Maeve Reston, CNN, "Biden starts to execute on policies Trump abandoned by crossing off another campaign promise," 15 Apr. 2021 The Blue Devils would frustrate the Rebels by largely nullifying Johnson. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "2021 Gonzaga Bulldogs among seven best men's basketball teams without NCAA Tournament title," 6 Apr. 2021 Introducing a new $3 trillion package, which is expected to include tax increases to offset spending, is sure to frustrate Republicans, setting up another acrimonious legislative fight. Anchorage Daily News, "White House prepares infrastructure bill with universal pre-K, free community college, climate measures," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There are a few common barriers to execution that frustrate workers, and even now - two decades into the digital transformation - countless enterprises still struggle to overcome them. Andrew Filev, Forbes, "Trying To Boost Engagement? Try Looking At Productivity (yes, Really)," 18 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Frustrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frustrate. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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