- 1Prevent (a plan or attempted action) from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled: his attempt to frustrate the mergerMore example sentences
thwart, defeat, foil, block, stop, put a stop to, counter, spoil, check, balk, disappoint, forestall, dash, scotch, quash, crush, derail, snooker; obstruct, impede, hamper, hinder, hamstring, stand in the way of• informal scuttle
- Now Constantine had had enough of their pagan attempts to frustrate his policies.
- As at Prince Edward Island the unpredictable sub-Antarctic weather frustrated their plans to land.
- But he said Russian opposition could continue to frustrate British-backed plans to reform UN sanctions against Iraq.
- 1.1Prevent (someone) from doing or achieving something: an increasingly popular way to frustrate car thievesMore example sentences
- All or some of these measures can help to frustrate the would-be car thief.
- 1.2Cause (someone) to feel upset or annoyed, typically as a result of being unable to change or achieve something: (as adjective frustrating) it can be very frustrating to find that the size you want isn’t thereMore example sentences
- The man could be so frustrating sometimes.
- She was so frustrating sometimes that he felt like throwing in the germ filled towel he called their friendship.
- But it's so frustrating sometimes, 'cause she's got so much baggage that she's carrying around.
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- Most people who have been sued by the third-party recovery sector are NOT combative frustraters of the system.
- This framework is pervasive, more than a century old, efficiency oriented, and largely unexamined as a systematic frustrater of innovation.
- What frustraters me is that there was evidence clearly overlooked from our understanding, and from reading the forensic reports that this death was murder.
- [as submodifier]: progress turned out to be frustratingly slowMore example sentences
- Player selection is also frustratingly slow and while point-scoring is a forgiving art, goal-scoring is less so.
- And on and on it goes, the frustratingly slow advance of the Allied troops through Europe.
- Above all he is slow, often frustratingly, but when infinite patience is required, helpfully so.
late Middle English: from Latin frustrat- 'disappointed', from the verb frustrare, from frustra 'in vain'.