- to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no avail; defeat; nullify: The student's indifference frustrated the teacher's efforts to help him.
- to disappoint or thwart (a person): a talented woman whom life had frustrated.
- to become frustrated: His trouble is that he frustrates much too easily.
- Obsolete. frustrated.
Origin of frustrate
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Examples from the Web for frustrating
Frustrating as regulars find these fair-weather exercise interlopers, they were also all beginners once, he says.How to Survive the New Year ‘Gympocalypse’
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Russian professional models often describe their business as "exhausting" and "frustrating," especially for a child.Is 9-Year-Old Russian Model Kristina Pimenova Too Sexualized?
December 12, 2014
“The most frustrating part of this crematorium here is the carelessness of the Ebola team,” says Reeves.Rage Against the Ebola Crematorium
November 11, 2014
Yeah, it was a frustrating experience that the other movie got going.Christopher Nolan Uncut: On ‘Interstellar,’ Ben Affleck’s Batman, and the Future of Mankind
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But sitting in a room with a guy and tape recorder asking those questions had to have been frustrating at the time, right?Choose Your Own Neil Patrick Harris: The Star on ‘Doogie,’ ‘Gone Girl,’ Gay Sex and More
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For her these pre-election days were discouraging and frustrating.Susan B. Anthony
Just then I had to direct my energies to frustrating his plans.The Lock And Key Library
This was how she had met her tragedy, but at that time she had good hope of frustrating it.Yonder
Emily Hilda Young
Why will you choose so painful a remedy, by frustrating the easier?A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
Even now he is frustrating the tokens of the liars, and making diviners mad.Discipline
- to hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; thwart
- to upset, agitate, or tireher constant complaints began to frustrate him
- archaic frustrated or thwarted; baffled
Word Origin and History for frustrating
mid-15c., from Latin frustratus, past participle of frustrari "to deceive, disappoint, frustrate," from frustra (adv.) "in vain, in error," related to fraus "injury, harm" (see fraud). Related: Frustrated; frustrating.