frustrate

When you frustrate someone, you do your best to annoy, confuse, or even torment that poor person. Maybe you constantly change your mind — that's sure to frustrate anyone who tries to make plans with you.

If you have ever been frustrated while writing, you may have dropped your pen — or pushed away your keyboard — and stared angrily out the window, thinking, "How will I ever do this?" Well, that pent-up doubting that has made you stop is a sure sign you are frustrated. Plans, too, can be frustrated, like the snow that frustrates our efforts to run our errands.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: frustrate

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v
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
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v
treat cruelly
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: frustrate
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v hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

“What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge”
Synonyms:
baffle, bilk, cross, foil, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart
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disappoint, let down
fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
dash
destroy or break
short-circuit
hamper the progress of; impede
ruin
destroy or cause to fail
betray, fail
disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
come short, fall short
fail to meet (expectations or standards)
disenchant, disillusion
free from enchantment
undo
cause the ruin or downfall of
break
cause the failure or ruin of
shipwreck
ruin utterly
Type of:
forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent
keep from happening or arising; make impossible
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v treat cruelly

Synonyms:
bedevil, crucify, dun, rag, torment
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madden
drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
hamstring
make ineffective or powerless
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
annoy persistently
oppress, persecute
cause to suffer
purge
oust politically
Type of:
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
annoy continually or chronically
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