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frustrate

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Definition of frustrate in English:

verb

Pronunciation: /frʌˈstreɪt
 
, ˈfrʌs-/
[with object]
1Prevent (a plan or attempted action) from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled: the rescue attempt was frustrated by bad weather
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
thwart, defeat, foil, block, stop, put a stop to, counter, spoil, check, baulk, circumvent, disappoint, forestall, bar, dash, scotch, quash, crush, derail, nip in the bud, baffle, nullify, snooker;
obstruct, impede, hamper, hinder, stifle, fetter, hamstring, cripple, put a brake on, stand in the way of, spike someone's guns
British informal scupper
1.1Prevent (someone) from doing or achieving something: in numerous policy areas, central government has been frustrated by local authorities
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  • All or some of these measures can help to frustrate the would-be car thief.
2Cause (someone) to feel upset or annoyed 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.
Synonyms
exasperate, infuriate, annoy, anger, madden, vex, irritate, irk, embitter, sour, get someone's back up, try someone's patience;
discourage, dishearten, dispirit, depress, dissatisfy, make discontented
informal aggravate, drive mad, drive crazy, bug, miff, hack off, get to, get under someone's skin, give someone the hump
British informal wind up, get on someone's wick, nark

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈfrʌstreɪt
 
/
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Origin

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

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