Definition of frustrate in English:

frustrate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
Pronunciation /ˈfrʌstreɪt//frʌˈstreɪt/
  • 1Prevent (a plan or attempted action) from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled.

    ‘the rescue attempt was frustrated by bad weather’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jeff Tracy and his sons sort out natural disasters and frustrate the dastardly plans of the megalomaniac villain called the Hood.’
    • ‘The president said that this situation could not be allowed to continue because it frustrated the expectations of the people.’
    • ‘However, the police frustrated the attempt to attack the houses of one community.’
    • ‘Our efforts are being frustrated by the fact that EU legislation does not cover holiday clubs.’
    • ‘But he said Russian opposition could continue to frustrate British-backed plans to reform UN sanctions against Iraq.’
    • ‘Already, legal moves are under way to frustrate the plan, and these will be partly grounded on the historical significance of the site that has been chosen.’
    • ‘In the case cited, however, one is voting for him precisely in order to frustrate his pro-abortion purposes.’
    • ‘His purpose is never frustrated for lack of resources, either human or material.’
    • ‘It illustrates how the little man can, in the end, outwit and frustrate the grandiose plans of the great.’
    • ‘What is even worse is that it frustrates efforts to find a solution.’
    • ‘Margaret had told Miss Gillies that she was' frustrating her ambition '.’
    • ‘Eventually Japan decides to assassinate the woman who so frustrates its plans of domination.’
    • ‘These, it sees, are attempting to frustrate their progression to the police boards.’
    • ‘One of the reasons he was so hated was because he was frustrating what they wanted.’
    • ‘For some time, his ambition was frustrated by those who said that he simply wasn't at that level.’
    • ‘Of course, the failed indicator light was frustrating our efforts to read the indication.’
    • ‘Good plans are often frustrated by those who occupy strategic positions.’
    • ‘He wants to unlock these secrets quickly, but the landscape frustrates these attempts.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 Prevent (someone) from doing or achieving something.
      ‘in numerous policy areas, central government has been frustrated by local authorities’
      • ‘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.

    ‘it can be very frustrating to find that the size you want isn't there’
    • ‘Almost none of these fights are necessary to the plot; instead, they are pointless digressions, guaranteed to frustrate any viewer actually taking an interest in the story.’
    • ‘During my first year on the journal as a staff member, I was frustrated by all of the inefficiencies in our processes.’
    • ‘The most frustrating aspect of it all is that I have no choice.’
    • ‘Right now its all a little bit frustrating really.’
    • ‘The man could be so frustrating sometimes.’
    • ‘I think it frustrates adults when they cannot instill their ideas into teens.’
    • ‘For most people this phase is the most frustrating aspect of dog ownership.’
    • ‘It frustrates me, and I'm hoping that things will change soon.’
    • ‘Awkward, meaningless, or otherwise inappropriate staging frustrates the actor, often leading to a poor performance because it does not ‘work’ for him.’
    • ‘And it was kind of funny, but it was really frustrating at the same time.’
    • ‘Allowing the produce to go to waste will not only frustrate farmers, but will also render fruitless, all the good efforts so far made to revive agriculture which collapsed in the last decade, due to bad policies.’
    • ‘But yeah, it was a bit frustrating at times.’
    • ‘But it's so frustrating sometimes, 'cause she's got so much baggage that she's carrying around.’
    • ‘They claim they're protecting, you know, the case, which is extremely frustrating at times.’
    • ‘Rain delays are hugely frustrating for players and fans alike.’
    • ‘When we were keeping the ball in the corner, it frustrates the fans but it's a nervous team because we haven't won for a while.’
    • ‘She was so frustrating sometimes that he felt like throwing in the germ filled towel he called their friendship.’
    • ‘Lessons in which there are no right or wrong answers, and from which solid conclusions cannot be drawn, tend to frustrate boys, who often view them as pointless.’
    • ‘When you see these polls that show your popularity down a bit, it doesn't frustrate you?’
    • ‘But it frustrates me that people are suffering, and, in my eyes and the eyes of many, not enough is being done to help.’
    exasperate, infuriate, annoy, anger, madden, vex, irritate, irk, embitter, sour, get someone's back up, try someone's patience
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adjective

Pronunciation /ˈfrʌstreɪt/
archaic
  • Frustrated.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

frustrate

Verb/frʌˈstreɪt/

frustrate

Adjective/ˈfrʌstreɪt/