- 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.
transitive verbfrustrated, frustrating
- 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 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.