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frustrate

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1 to prevent from achieving a goal

  • a multitude of conflicting opinions frustrated me in my attempt to find a computer that best suits my needs
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2 to lessen the courage or confidence of

  • challenge the math student, but don't frustrate him or her with overly difficult problems
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throw cold water on

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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


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