- 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.
transitive verb-·trat·ed, -·trat·ing
- 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
- to cause (someone) to feel the impatience, impotence, annoyance, anger, etc. commonly felt when desires or needs are not satisfied
Origin of frustrateMiddle English frustraten from Classical Latin frustratus, past participle of frustrare, frustrari, to disappoint, deceive from frustra, in vain: for Indo-European base see fraud
transitive verbfrus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing, frus·trates
- a. To prevent (someone) from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart: A persistent wind frustrated me as I tried to rake the leaves.b. To cause feelings of discouragement, annoyance, or lack of fulfillment in: She was frustrated by his inability to remember her birthday.
- To prevent from coming to fruition or fulfillment; render ineffectual: frustrated his ambition; frustrated their scheme for reform.
Origin of frustrateMiddle English frustraten from Latin frūstrārī frūstrāt- from frūstrā in vain
(third-person singular simple present frustrates, present participle frustrating, simple past and past participle frustrated)
(comparative more frustrate, superlative most frustrate)
From Latin frustro.