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frustrate

[ fruhs-treyt ]
/ ˈfrʌs treɪt /
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Definition of frustrate

verb (used with object), frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing.
to become frustrated: His trouble is that he frustrates much too easily.
adjective
Obsolete. frustrated.
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Origin of frustrate

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin frustrātus, past participle of frustrārī, verbal derivative of frustrā “in vain”

synonym study for frustrate

1. See thwart.

OTHER WORDS FROM frustrate

frus·trat·er, nounfrus·trat·ing·ly, adverbfrus·tra·tive [fruhs-trey-tiv, -truh-], /ˈfrʌs treɪ tɪv, -trə-/, adjectivere·frus·trate, verb (used with object), re·frus·trat·ed, re·frus·trat·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for frustrate

frustrate
/ (frʌˈstreɪt) /

verb (tr)
to hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; thwart
to upset, agitate, or tireher constant complaints began to frustrate him
adjective
archaic frustrated or thwarted; baffled

Derived forms of frustrate

frustrater, noun

Word Origin for frustrate

C15: from Latin frustrāre to cheat, from frustrā in error
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