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 for frustrate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Frustrate \Frus"trate\, a. [L. frustratus, p. p. of frustrare,
     frustrari, to deceive, frustrate, fr. frustra in vain, witout
     effect, in erorr, prob. for frudtra and akin to fraus, E.
     Vain; ineffectual; useless; unprofitable; null; voil;
     nugatory; of no effect. "Our frustrate search." --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Frustrate \Frus"trate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Frustrated; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Frustrating.]
     1. To bring to nothing; to prevent from attaining a purpose;
        to disappoint; to defeat; to baffle; as, to frustrate a
        plan, design, or attempt; to frustrate the will or
        [1913 Webster]
              Shall the adversary thus obtain
              His end and frustrate thine ?         --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To make null; to nullifly; to render invalid or of no
        effect; as, to frustrate a conveyance or deed.
     Syn: To balk; thwart; foil; baffle; defeat.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of;
           "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's
           amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn:
           thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross,
           frustrate, baffle, bilk]
      2: treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering
         teacher" [syn: torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  117 Moby Thesaurus words for "frustrate":
     annul, anticipate, arrest, baffle, balk, bar, beat, bilk, blast,
     block, brave, bring to nothing, buffalo, buffer, cancel,
     cancel out, cast down, challenge, check, checkmate, circumvent,
     come to nothing, confound, confront, conquer, contravene, counter,
     counteract, counterbalance, countermand, counterwork, cripple,
     cross, dash, deceive, defeat, defeat expectation, defy, destroy,
     disappoint, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, discourage,
     dish, disillusion, disrupt, dissatisfy, elude, evade, exasperate,
     flummox, foil, forbid, forestall, get around, get round,
     give the runaround, give the slip, go one better, halt, hamper,
     hamstring, hinder, impede, inhibit, interrupt, invalidate,
     knock the chocks, let down, lick, negate, negativate, negative,
     neutralize, nonplus, nullify, obstruct, obviate, offset, outfigure,
     outflank, outgeneral, outguess, outmaneuver, outplay, outreach,
     outsmart, outwit, overcome, overreach, pass the buck, perplex,
     preclude, prevent, prohibit, redress, repel, repulse, ruin,
     sabotage, scotch, spike, spoil, stonewall, stop, stultify, stump,
     stymie, tantalize, tease, thwart, undo, upset, victimize, vitiate,

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