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.

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. 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.

  2. Martin Callanan:

    However, during the bill's journey through the House of Lords some changes have been made that conflict with its purpose or are designed to frustrate the entire exit process and so we are considering the implications of those decisions.

  3. Jeremy Corbyn:

    Let's be in no doubt there are a lot of people who want to frustrate Brexit. There are a lot of people who want to stop this country coming out of the EU.

  4. Former President George W. Bush:

    Back in the day, he could frustrate me. And I know he'd say the same thing about me. But he also made me better.

  5. Clare Coleman:

    This rule intentionally strikes at the heart of the patient-provider relationship, inserting political ideology into a family planning visit, which will frustrate and ultimately discourage patients from seeking the health care they need.

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