Definition of frustrate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrəstrāt/


[with object]
1Prevent (a plan or attempted action) from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled: his attempt to frustrate the merger
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  • 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.
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 stymie, foul up, screw up, put the kibosh on, do for
informal scuttle
1.1Prevent (someone) from doing or achieving something: an increasingly popular way to frustrate car thieves
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  • 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 there
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  • 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.
exasperate, infuriate, annoy, anger, vex, irritate, irk, try someone's patience;
disappoint, discontent, dissatisfy, discourage, dishearten, dispirit
informal aggravate, bug, miff





Example sentences
  • 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.


Late Middle English: from Latin frustrat- 'disappointed', from the verb frustrare, from frustra 'in vain'.

Words that rhyme with frustrate

abate, ablate, aerate, ait, await, backdate, bait, bate, berate, castrate, collate, conflate, crate, create, cremate, date, deflate, dictate, dilate, distraite, donate, downstate, eight, elate, equate, estate, fate, fête, fixate, freight, gait, gate, gestate, gradate, grate, great, gyrate, hate, hydrate, inflate, innate, interrelate, interstate, irate, Kate, Kuwait, lactate, late, locate, lustrate, mandate, mate, migrate, misdate, misstate, mistranslate, mutate, narrate, negate, notate, orate, ornate, Pate, placate, plate, prate, prorate, prostrate, pulsate, pupate, quadrate, rate, rotate, sate, sedate, serrate, short weight, skate, slate, spate, spectate, spruit, stagnate, state, straight, strait, Tate, tête-à-tête, Thwaite, translate, translocate, transmigrate, truncate, underrate, understate, underweight, update, uprate, upstate, up-to-date, vacate, vibrate, wait, weight

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Syllabification: frus·trate

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