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Definition of frustrate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    frustrate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//frʌˈstreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrʌstreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they frustrate
    BrE BrE//frʌˈstreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrʌstreɪt//
     
    he / she / it frustrates
    BrE BrE//frʌˈstreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrʌstreɪts//
     
    past simple frustrated
    BrE BrE//frʌˈstreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrʌstreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle frustrated
    BrE BrE//frʌˈstreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrʌstreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form frustrating
    BrE BrE//frʌˈstreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrʌstreɪtɪŋ//
     
    Anger
     
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  1. 1frustrate somebody to make somebody feel annoyed or impatient because they cannot do or achieve what they want What frustrates him is that there's too little money to spend on the project. See related entries: Anger
  2. 2frustrate somebody/something to prevent somebody from doing something; to prevent something from happening or succeeding synonym thwart The rescue attempt was frustrated by bad weather. He tried to frustrate his political opponents by denying them access to the media.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin frustrat- ‘disappointed’, from the verb frustrare, from frustra ‘in vain’.Extra examples She felt great resentment at having her ambition frustrated. Unions are being frustrated in their demands for recognition. What frustrates him is that there’s too little money to spend on the project.
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