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 Last season, Rutgers used trickery on special teams to annoy and frustrate, if not exactly threaten, the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 3 Oct. 2021 Health officials say the situation won't only complicate travel and frustrate fragile economies but also undermine vaccine confidence by appearing to label some shots substandard. Maria Cheng, ajc, 13 July 2021 The strength of Indianapolis’ defense is its defensive linemen and linebackers, who could frustrate Tennessee’s rushing attack, but Eason’s inexperience could lead to turnovers and give Henry more opportunity to score. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Sep. 2021 The strength of Indianapolis’ defense is its defensive lineman and linebackers, who could frustrate Tennessee’s rushing attack, but Eason’s inexperience could lead to turnovers and give Henry more opportunity to score. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Lupher said bonds, which may take 20 or 30 years to pay back, highlight the perpetual nature of the tax capture process by downtown development authorities that can frustrate entities such as libraries. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2021 Her vision, creativity and way with words allow the reader a bit of grace for the parts that may frustrate, for Thula and Kosawa’s journeys will kick you in the throat and hold you there to feel the pain that comes with persevering — or not. Alicia Lutes, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2021 The six courses in this bundle each focus on different common topics that can frustrate even people who love forms. Popular Science, 3 Mar. 2021 And that may just be one of the most important things to remember: these changes to the school atmosphere are not being made to inconvenience or frustrate anyone. Leah Campbell, Forbes, 20 Sep. 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, 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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19 Oct 2021

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“Frustrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frustrate. Accessed 25 Oct. 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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