Definition of frustrate in English:



  • 1 Prevent (a plan or attempted action) from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled.

    ‘his attempt to frustrate the merger’
    • ‘For some time, his ambition was frustrated by those who said that he simply wasn't at that level.’
    • ‘What is even worse is that it frustrates efforts to find a solution.’
    • ‘He wants to unlock these secrets quickly, but the landscape frustrates these attempts.’
    • ‘Margaret had told Miss Gillies that she was' frustrating her ambition '.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now Constantine had had enough of their pagan attempts to frustrate his policies.’
    • ‘But he said Russian opposition could continue to frustrate British-backed plans to reform UN sanctions against Iraq.’
    • ‘These, it sees, are attempting to frustrate their progression to the police boards.’
    • ‘In the case cited, however, one is voting for him precisely in order to frustrate his pro-abortion purposes.’
    • ‘Of course, the failed indicator light was frustrating our efforts to read the indication.’
    • ‘Jeff Tracy and his sons sort out natural disasters and frustrate the dastardly plans of the megalomaniac villain called the Hood.’
    • ‘It illustrates how the little man can, in the end, outwit and frustrate the grandiose plans of the great.’
    • ‘The president said that this situation could not be allowed to continue because it frustrated the expectations of the people.’
    • ‘Good plans are often frustrated by those who occupy strategic positions.’
    • ‘One of the reasons he was so hated was because he was frustrating what they wanted.’
    • ‘Eventually Japan decides to assassinate the woman who so frustrates its plans of domination.’
    • ‘As at Prince Edward Island the unpredictable sub-Antarctic weather frustrated their plans to land.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His purpose is never frustrated for lack of resources, either human or material.’
    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. 1.1Prevent (someone) from doing or achieving something.
      ‘an increasingly popular way to frustrate car thieves’
      • ‘All or some of these measures can help to frustrate the would-be car thief.’
    2. 1.2Cause (someone) to feel upset or annoyed, typically 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’
      • ‘I think it frustrates adults when they cannot instill their ideas into teens.’
      • ‘But it's so frustrating sometimes, 'cause she's got so much baggage that she's carrying around.’
      • ‘During my first year on the journal as a staff member, I was frustrated by all of the inefficiencies in our processes.’
      • ‘And it was kind of funny, but it was really frustrating at the same time.’
      • ‘For most people this phase is the most frustrating aspect of dog ownership.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But yeah, it was a bit frustrating at times.’
      • ‘The man could be so frustrating sometimes.’
      • ‘They claim they're protecting, you know, the case, which is extremely frustrating at times.’
      • ‘Awkward, meaningless, or otherwise inappropriate staging frustrates the actor, often leading to a poor performance because it does not ‘work’ for him.’
      • ‘The most frustrating aspect of it all is that I have no choice.’
      • ‘Rain delays are hugely frustrating for players and fans alike.’
      • ‘Right now its all a little bit frustrating really.’
      • ‘When you see these polls that show your popularity down a bit, it doesn't frustrate you?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But it frustrates me that people are suffering, and, in my eyes and the eyes of many, not enough is being done to help.’
      • ‘It frustrates me, and I'm hoping that things will change soon.’
      • ‘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.’


  • Frustrated.


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