To frustrate someone is to make them feel frustrated and angry. Sometimes frustration can lead to anger, and sometimes anger can lead to more frustration.

  • The teacher was frustrated because the student didn't seem to be paying attention.

  • The student was frustrated because the teacher was making too many mistakes.

Definition of frustrate


treat cruelly


bedevil, crucify, dun, rag, torment


hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of


baffle, bilk, cross, foil, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart

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Example Sentences for frustrate

  • 1

    The failure is very frustrating.

  • 2

    In the end the attempt was frustrated.

  • 3

    That kind of hopelessness is frustrating.

  • 4

    The situation is just frustrating.

  • 5

    I sympathize with the frustration of the situation.

  • 6

    I understand the source of the frustration.

  • 7

    Chronology is the a big part of the frustration.

  • 8

    The article is about quarrel and frustration.

  • 9

    The density of the article is frustrating to me.

  • 10

    The frustration and waiting are worth it in the end.