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English verb: frustrate

1. frustrate (social) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

SamplesWhat ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge.
Foil your opponent.

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

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

Narrower (hyponym)dash, disappoint, let down, ruin, short-circuit

2. frustrate (emotion) treat cruelly

SamplesThe children tormented the stuttering teacher.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to frustrate Sue

Synonymsbedevil, crucify, dun, rag, torment

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke

Narrower (hyponym)badger, beleaguer, bug, hamstring, madden, oppress, persecute, pester, tease

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