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.
- frus·trat·er, noun
- frus·trat·ing·ly, adverb
- frus·tra·tive [fruhs-trey-tiv, -truh-], /ˈfrʌs treɪ tɪv, -trə-/, adjective
- re·frus·trate, verb (used with object), re·frus·trat·ed, re·frus·trat·ing.
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How to use frustrate in a sentence
Many scientists are frustrated by the public’s inability to think like a scientist, but in fact it is neither easy nor always desirable to do so.How Pseudoscientists Get Away With It - Facts So Romantic | Stuart Firestein | August 28, 2020 | Nautilus
That frustrated our customers, led to more staff work, and doubtlessly cost us orders from folks who would rather get something from Amazon in two days than wait a week to support us.Slowed mail delivery is the last thing indie bookstores need right now | Rachel King | August 19, 2020 | Fortune
Defenses that can switch all five players can frustrate the duo.The Miami Heat’s Dynamic Duo Could Make Noise In The Playoffs | Michael Pina | August 12, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Everywhere I went, it seemed there was someone frustrated enough in their love life to take a chance on a date arranged by a complete stranger.Your Romantic Ideals Don’t Predict Who Your Future Partner Will Be - Issue 88: Love & Sex | Alice Fleerackers | August 5, 2020 | Nautilus
He said was frustrated when MTS officials proposed an amendment to the agency’s security agreement to increase wages for contractors to try to address challenges hiring and retaining security guards.
Frustrating as regulars find these fair-weather exercise interlopers, they were also all beginners once, he says.
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? | Anna Nemtsova | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“The most frustrating part of this crematorium here is the carelessness of the Ebola team,” says Reeves.
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 | Marlow Stern | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As air travel becomes increasingly frustrating and dehumanizing, the dream of personal aerial transport tempts the imagination.I Want My Damn Hoverboard! 12 Movie Inventions That Should Exist | Rich Goldstein | October 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If the designs of destiny were clear, it was equally evident that her friends were bent on frustrating them.The Creators | May Sinclair
Humpy tried to grab it, but The Hopper, frustrating the attempt, read his colleague a sharp lesson in good manners.A Reversible Santa Claus | Meredith Nicholson
He was saving two men from further persecution, and effectually frustrating the inimical designs of the Chief.The Last Laird of MacNab | Various
There seemed something ignominious in such an end, something futile and self-frustrating.The Shadow | Arthur Stringer
Why will you choose so painful a remedy, by frustrating the easier?A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4) | Richard Baxter
British Dictionary definitions for frustrate
to hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; thwart
to upset, agitate, or tire: her constant complaints began to frustrate him
archaic frustrated or thwarted; baffled
- frustrater, noun
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