- 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 frustrate
The delays would cause chaos and snarl traffic at checkpoints, frustrate orderly schedules, and make tempers short.Iraqi Insurgents Circulate the Lie That They Killed the Judge in Saddam’s Trial
June 28, 2014
Such side-stepping will frustrate newcomers in search of elucidation, or at the very least a fuller picture.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature
November 29, 2013
The federal and state governments create cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solutions that frustrate rather than serve.How Cities Are Fixing America
Bruce Katz, Jennifer Bradley
June 17, 2013
As a result, using the language of war may only serve to frustrate and mislead the public.Why The U.S. Is Not In A Cyber War
March 10, 2013
But deadlock in Congress, with the focus on debt instead of demand, continues to frustrate the recovery.Join the Manifesto for Global Economic Recovery
The Daily Beast
July 5, 2012
She turned to retreat, but the other two were there to frustrate her purpose.The Night Riders
But there was always a Great Power to frustrate these designs.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
Here is an opportunity to frustrate the authoritative (father) figure.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
Did she, like the rest of them, suspect me of seeking to frustrate his suit by withholding his fortune?Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
Cleveland, baffled and frustrate, straightened up and shut off his cameras.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
- 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 frustrate
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.