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Meaning of FRUSTRATE

Pronunciation:  'frustreyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
  2. [v]  hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"

FRUSTRATE is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: baffle, bedevil, bilk, cross, crucify, dun, foil, queer, rag, scotch, spoil, thwart, torment
 See Also: badger, beleaguer, beset, bug, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, dash, disappoint, double cross, forbid, foreclose, forestall, hamstring, harass, harry, hassle, let down, madden, molest, oppress, persecute, pester, plague, preclude, prevent, provoke, ruin, short-circuit, tease



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Frus"trate\, a. [L. frustratus, p. p. of frustrare,
    frustrari, to deceive, frustrate, fr. frustra in vain, witout
    effect, in erorr, prob. for frudtra and akin to fraus, E.
    Vain; ineffectual; useless; unprofitable; null; voil;
    nugatory; of no effect. ``Our frustrate search.'' --Shak.
  2. \Frus"trate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frustrated}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Frustrating}.]
    1. To bring to nothing; to prevent from attaining a purpose;
       to disappoint; to defeat; to baffle; as, to frustrate a
       plan, design, or attempt; to frustrate the will or
             Shall the adversary thus obtain His end and
             frustrate thine ?                     --Milton.
    2. To make null; to nullifly; to render invalid or of no
       effect; as, to frustrate a conveyance or deed.
    Syn: To balk; thwart; foil; baffle; defeat.
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