June 24, 2014 - Word of the Day: frustrate
To frustrate is to prevent a person from getting what he or she wants. Frustration can cause stress and a feeling of hopelessness. The source of the frustration can be a person or a thing.
You can use this word as a verb....
- His job frustrates him.
- They were very frustrated by the cancellation of their flight. (This sentence is in the passive voice.)
- Mary's inability to lose weight frustrates her.
- The teacher's methods frustrated the students. They felt as though they weren't learning anything.
The words "frustrating" and "frustrated" are adjectives:
- His job is frustrating. He's frustrated.
- The cancellation of the flight was frustrating.
- Mary's attempts to lose weight have been frustrating.
- The students feel frustrated in class because the teacher's methods are so confusing.
He's so frustrated!
The word "frustration" is a noun:
- His job is the cause of his frustration.
- Their frustration was caused by the cancellation of their flight.
- Mary feels a lot of frustration because she can't lose any weight.
- The students' frustration with their teacher resulted in some of them walking out of the classroom.
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