Definition of frustrate in English:

frustrate

verb

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

    ‘his attempt to frustrate the merger’
    • ‘One of the reasons he was so hated was because he was frustrating what they wanted.’
    • ‘In the case cited, however, one is voting for him precisely in order to frustrate his pro-abortion purposes.’
    • ‘Jeff Tracy and his sons sort out natural disasters and frustrate the dastardly plans of the megalomaniac villain called the Hood.’
    • ‘But he said Russian opposition could continue to frustrate British-backed plans to reform UN sanctions against Iraq.’
    • ‘Now Constantine had had enough of their pagan attempts to frustrate his policies.’
    • ‘His purpose is never frustrated for lack of resources, either human or material.’
    • ‘The president said that this situation could not be allowed to continue because it frustrated the expectations of the people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 '.’
    • ‘However, the police frustrated the attempt to attack the houses of one community.’
    • ‘Of course, the failed indicator light was frustrating our efforts to read the indication.’
    • ‘As at Prince Edward Island the unpredictable sub-Antarctic weather frustrated their plans to land.’
    • ‘Good plans are often frustrated by those who occupy strategic positions.’
    • ‘It illustrates how the little man can, in the end, outwit and frustrate the grandiose plans of the great.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For some time, his ambition was frustrated by those who said that he simply wasn't at that level.’
    • ‘Our efforts are being frustrated by the fact that EU legislation does not cover holiday clubs.’
    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.
      ‘an increasingly popular way to frustrate car thieves’
      • ‘All or some of these measures can help to frustrate the would-be car thief.’
    2. 1.2 Cause (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’
      • ‘Rain delays are hugely frustrating for players and fans alike.’
      • ‘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 yeah, it was a bit frustrating at times.’
      • ‘I think it frustrates adults when they cannot instill their ideas into teens.’
      • ‘And it was kind of funny, but it was really frustrating at the same time.’
      • ‘It frustrates me, and I'm hoping that things will change soon.’
      • ‘When you see these polls that show your popularity down a bit, it doesn't frustrate you?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Right now its all a little bit frustrating really.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 it's so frustrating sometimes, 'cause she's got so much baggage that she's carrying around.’
      • ‘For most people this phase is the most frustrating aspect of dog ownership.’
      • ‘The man could be so frustrating sometimes.’
      • ‘The most frustrating aspect of it all is that I have no choice.’
      • ‘During my first year on the journal as a staff member, I was frustrated by all of the inefficiencies in our processes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But it frustrates me that people are suffering, and, in my eyes and the eyes of many, not enough is being done to help.’
      • ‘She was so frustrating sometimes that he felt like throwing in the germ filled towel he called their friendship.’
      exasperate, infuriate, annoy, anger, madden, vex, irritate, irk, embitter, sour, get someone's back up, try someone's patience
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adjective

archaic
  • Frustrated.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

frustrate

/ˈfrəstreɪt//ˈfrəstrāt/