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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)

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.

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"