frustrate

  • 1 Frustrate — Frus trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frustrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Frustrating}.] 1. To bring to nothing; to prevent from attaining a purpose; to disappoint; to defeat; to baffle; as, to frustrate a plan, design, or attempt; to frustrate the will or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 frustrate — frustrate, thwart, foil, baffle, balk, circumvent, outwit mean either to defeat a person attempting or hoping to achieve an end or satisfy a desire or, in some cases, to defeat another s desire. To frustrate is to make vain or ineffectual all… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 frustrate — [frus′trāt΄] vt. frustrated, frustrating [ME frustraten < L frustratus, pp. of frustrare, frustrari, to disappoint, deceive < frustra, in vain: for IE base see FRAUD] 1. to cause to have no effect; bring to nothing; counteract; nullify [to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Frustrate — Frus trate, a. [L. frustratus, p. p. of frustrare, frustrari, to deceive, frustrate, fr. frustra in vain, witout effect, in erorr, prob. for frudtra and akin to fraus, E. fraud.] Vain; ineffectual; useless; unprofitable; null; voil; nugatory; of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 frustrate — frus·trate / frəs ˌtrāt/ vt frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing: to make invalid or ineffectual: defeat the remedial purposes of the Workers Compensation Act should not be frustrated by rigid technical standards Palmer v. Bath Iron Works Corp., 559 A.2d… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 frustrate — (v.) mid 15c., from L. frustratus, pp. of frustrari to deceive, disappoint, frustrate, from frustra (adv.) in vain, in error, related to fraus injury, harm (see FRAUD (Cf. fraud)). Related: Frustrated; frustrating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 frustrate — [v] thwart, disappoint annul, arrest, baffle, balk, bar, beat, block, cancel, check, circumvent, confront, conquer, counter, counteract, cramp, cramp one’s style*, crimp, dash, dash one’s hope*, defeat, depress, discourage, dishearten, foil,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 frustrate — ► VERB 1) prevent (a plan or action) from progressing or succeeding. 2) prevent (someone) from doing or achieving something. 3) cause to feel dissatisfied or unfulfilled. DERIVATIVES frustrated adjective frustrating adjective frustration noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 frustrate */ — UK [frʌˈstreɪt] / US [ˈfrʌˌstreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms frustrate : present tense I/you/we/they frustrate he/she/it frustrates present participle frustrating past tense frustrated past participle frustrated 1) to make someone feel annoyed …

    English dictionary

  • 10 frustrate — I. transitive verb (frustrated; frustrating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin frustratus, past participle of frustrare to deceive, frustrate, from frustra in error, in vain Date: 15th century 1. a. to balk or defeat in an endeavor b. to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 frustrate — frus|trate [ frʌ,streıt ] verb transitive * to make someone feel annoyed and impatient by preventing them from doing or getting something: She has always been frustrated by her inability to draw. Activists and reformers are frustrated by the… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 frustrate — 1. verb a) To disappoint or defeat It frustrates me to do all this work and then lose it all. b) To hinder My clumsy fingers frustrate my typing efforts. 2. a …

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  • 13 frustrate — verb Frustrate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ambition, ↑effort …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 frustrate — 01. I feel [frustrated] when I do badly on an exam after studying really hard. 02. It is very [frustrating] to put in job applications at places all over town without getting a single reply from anyone. 03. The young boy cried in [frustration]… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 15 frustrate — [15] Frustrate comes from Latin frūstrātus ‘disappointed, frustrated’, the past participle of a verb formed from the adverb frūstrā ‘in error, in vain, uselessly’. This was a relative of Latin fraus, which originally meant ‘injury, harm’, hence… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 frustrate — [[t]frʌstre͟ɪt, AM frʌ̱streɪt[/t]] ♦♦♦ frustrates, frustrating, frustrated 1) VERB If something frustrates you, it upsets or angers you because you are unable to do anything about the problems it creates. [V n] These questions frustrated me...… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 frustrate — [15] Frustrate comes from Latin frūstrātus ‘disappointed, frustrated’, the past participle of a verb formed from the adverb frūstrā ‘in error, in vain, uselessly’. This was a relative of Latin fraus, which originally meant ‘injury, harm’, hence… …

    Word origins

  • 18 frustrate — frustrater, n. frustratingly, adv. frustrative /frus tray tiv, treuh /, adj. /frus trayt/, v., frustrated, frustrating, adj. v.t. 1. to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no avail; defeat; nullify: The student s indifference frustrated… …

    Universalium

  • 19 frustrate — frus·trate frəs .trāt vt, frus·trat·ed; frus·trat·ing to induce feelings of frustration in …

    Medical dictionary

  • 20 frustrate — Synonyms and related words: annul, anticipate, arrest, baffle, balk, bar, beat, bilk, blast, block, brave, bring to nothing, buffalo, buffer, cancel, cancel out, cast down, challenge, check, checkmate, circumvent, come to nothing, confound,… …

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