What does frustrate mean?

Definitions for frustrate
ˈfrʌs treɪtfrus·trate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilkverb

    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

    "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"

  2. torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrateverb

    treat cruelly

    "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"


  1. frustrateverb

    To disappoint or defeat; to vex by depriving of something expected or desired.

    It frustrates me to do all this work and then lose it all.

  2. frustrateverb

    To hinder or thwart.

    My clumsy fingers frustrate my typing efforts.

  3. frustrateverb

    To cause stress or panic

    This test frustrates me because if I fail, it'll destroy my grade.

  4. frustrateadjective

    vain; ineffectual; useless; nugatory

  5. Etymology: From frustro.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Frustrateparticipial adj.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He is drown’d
    Whom thus we stray to find, and the sea mocks
    Our frustrate search on land. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    The ruler of the province of Judea being by Julian busied in the re-edifying of this temple, flaming balls of fire issuing near the foundation, and oft consuming the workmen, made the enterprise frustrate. Walter Raleigh, History.

    All at once employ their thronging darts;
    But out of order thrown, in air they join,
    And multitude makes frustrate the design. John Dryden, Ovid.

    Few things are so restrained to any one end or purpose, that, the same being extinct, they should forthwith utterly become frustrate. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 42.

  2. To FRUSTRATEverb

    Etymology: frustror, Latin; frustrer, Fr.

    It is an axiom of nature, that natural desire cannot utterly be frustrate. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    I survive,
    To mock the expectations of the world;
    To frustrate prophecies, and to raze out
    Rotten opinion, which hath writ me down
    After my seeming. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Stern look’d the fiend, as frustrate of his will;
    Not half suffic’d, and greedy yet to kill. Dryden.

    Not more almighty to resist our might,
    Than wise to frustrate all our plots and wiles. John Milton, P. Lost.

    The act of parliament which gave all his lands to the queen, did cut off and frustrate all such conveyances. Edmund Spenser.

    Now thou hast aveng’d
    Supplanted Adam; and by vanquishing
    Temptation, hast regain’d lost paradise,
    And frustrated the conquest fraudulent. John Milton, Par. Reg.

    The peculiar strength of the motive may of itself perhaps contribute to frustrate the efficacy of it, rendering it liable to be suspected by him to whom it is addressed. Francis Atterbury, Serm.


  1. frustrate

    In psychology, frustration is a common emotional response to opposition, related to anger, annoyance and disappointment. Frustration arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of an individual's will or goal and is likely to increase when a will or goal is denied or blocked. There are two types of frustration: internal and external. Internal frustration may arise from challenges in fulfilling personal goals, desires, instinctual drives and needs, or dealing with perceived deficiencies, such as a lack of confidence or fear of social situations. Conflict, such as when one has competing goals that interfere with one another, can also be an internal source of frustration or annoyance and can create cognitive dissonance. External causes of frustration involve conditions outside an individual's control, such as a physical roadblock, a difficult task, or the perception of wasting time. There are multiple ways individuals cope with frustration such as passive–aggressive behavior, anger, or violence, although frustration may also propel positive processes via enhanced effort and strive. This broad range of potential outcomes makes it difficult to identify the original cause(s) of frustration, as the responses may be indirect. However, a more direct and common response is a propensity towards aggression.


  1. frustrate

    To frustrate means to prevent something from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled, often causing feelings of disappointment or dissatisfaction. It can also refer to the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frustrateadjective

    vain; ineffectual; useless; unprofitable; null; voil; nugatory; of no effect

  2. Frustrateverb

    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 purpose

  3. Frustrateverb

    to make null; to nullifly; to render invalid or of no effect; as, to frustrate a conveyance or deed

  4. Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Frustrate

    frus′trāt, v.t. to make vain or of no effect: to bring to nothing: to defeat.—p.adj. vain, ineffectual, defeated.—adj. Frus′trable, capable of being frustrated.—n. Frustrā′tion, disappointment: defeat.—adjs. Frus′trative, tending to frustrate; Frus′tratory, disappointing. [L. frustrāri, frustrātusfrustra, in vain.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of frustrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of frustrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of frustrate in a Sentence

  1. House Speaker Paul Ryan:

    I think it would be nice if he would actually focus on defeating ISIS, on calling radical Islamic terrorism what it is, instead of talking about how we can intimidate and frustrate the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.

  2. Ivo Jongsma:

    We never try to keep our students to ourselves. It would never be a motivation to frustrate somebody.

  3. Andy Beshear:

    Just remember, if Stephanie Jolly small businesses and Stephanie Jolly counties are sacrificing, if Stephanie Jolly simply drive over the border to another state, and have all the contacts we're trying to stop, Stephanie Jolly frustrate the sacrifice of those in Stephanie Jolly community.

  4. Yoweri Museveni:

    These two mistakes, corruption and delays in decision making, irritate the public and frustrate the investors, this time I will act directly so as to discipline the public service as we discipline the army.

  5. Isaac Boltansky:

    This development will surely spook bank purchasers who have become an increasing part of the company’s funding base, further frustrate the investment community, and ultimately result in stricter scrutiny from both federal and state regulators.

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    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    A abide
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