Definition of frustrate in English:
Pronunciation: /frʌˈstreɪt/ /ˈfrʌstreɪt/[with object]
1Prevent (a plan or attempted action) from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled: the rescue attempt was frustrated by bad weather
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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, 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
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.
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
Pronunciation: /ˈfrʌstreɪt/archaic Back to top
Late Middle English: from Latin frustrat- 'disappointed', from the verb frustrare, from frustra 'in vain'.
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