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frustrate

frus·trate

frustrate

 
 
pronunciation:
fruh streIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: frustrated, frustrates, frustrating
definition 1: to hinder or prevent (someone) from doing something.
The invaders had hoped to conquer the tribe, but they were frustrated in their efforts once again.
synonyms:
defeat, foil, hinder, stop, stymie, thwart
antonyms:
facilitate
similar words:
balk, bilk, block, hamstring, impede, inhibit, obstruct, preclude, prevent
definition 2: to prevent or nullify (an act or achievement).
Bad weather frustrated plans for the construction.
synonyms:
balk, block, foil, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct, short-circuit
antonyms:
fulfill, gratify, satisfy
similar words:
abort, bilk, blight, cancel, check, nullify, override, prevent, undo, void
definition 3: in connection with attempts to do something, to cause disappointment, anger, or confusion in.
The failure of his efforts to bring about reform frustrated him.It frustrated her that she could not make her son see reason.
synonyms:
baffle, confound, disappoint, perplex, puzzle
antonyms:
please
similar words:
addle, befuddle, bewilder, confuse, discombobulate, disconcert, muddle
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be or feel frustrated.
She frustrates easily, so I encourage her to keep trying.
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derivations: frustrative (adj.), frustrater (n.)
Word Builder: frustrate +
  • frustrated:
    feeling frustration.
  • frustrating:
    causing frustration.