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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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