Definition of "frustrate" []

  • To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart: A persistent wind frustrated my attempt to rake the lawn. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause feelings of discouragement or bafflement in. (verb-transitive)
  • To make ineffectual or invalid; nullify. (verb-transitive)
  • To hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; thwart (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To upset, agitate, or tire (verb)
  • Frustrated or thwarted; baffled (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "frustrate" in a sentence
  • "Does such wordless expression frustrate emotional expression?"
  • "Messy plans like last minute calls frustrate me a lot."
  • "Lack of holding calls frustrate Colts | IndyStar. com | The Indianapolis Star"