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- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive) To hinder or thwart.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:hinder
- My clumsy fingers frustrate my typing efforts.
- 2019 October 9, Farhad Manjoo, “Dealing With China Isn’t Worth the Moral Cost”, in New York Times:
- With its far larger population, China’s economy will inevitably come to eclipse ours, but that is hardly a mortal threat. In climate change, the world faces a huge collective-action problem that will require global cooperation. According to this view, treating China like an adversary will only frustrate our own long-term goals.
- (transitive) To cause stress or annoyance.
- This test frustrates me because if I fail, it'll destroy my grade.
to disappoint or defeat
- ineffectual; useless; fruitless.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
- Our frustrate search.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:frustrate.
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