- The definition of frustrate is to hinder someone's plans or efforts, or to make someone feel annoyed because you are hindering their efforts or refusing to cooperate.
- When all the necessary tools are not available to complete a specific project, this is an example of a way to frustrate a job.
- When you keep trying to talk to your friend and he keeps interrupting you which annoys you, this is an example of a time when your friend frustrates you.
- to cause to have no effect; bring to nothing; counteract; nullify: to frustrate plans
- to prevent from achieving an objective; foil; baffle; defeat: to frustrate an opponent
- Psychol. to prevent from gratifying certain impulses or desires, either conscious or unconscious
Origin: Middle English frustraten ; from Classical Latin frustratus, past participle of frustrare, frustrari, to disappoint, deceive ; from frustra, inch(es) vain: for Indo-European base see fraud
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transitive verb frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing, frus·trates
- a. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart: A persistent wind frustrated my attempt to rake the lawn.b. To cause feelings of discouragement or bafflement in.
- To make ineffectual or invalid; nullify.
Origin: Middle English frustraten, from Latin frūstrārī, frūstrāt-, from frūstrā, in vain.
- frusˈtratˌer noun
- frusˈtratˌing·ly adverb