frustrar
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frustrar(
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trahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to discourage)
a. to frustrate
Despidieron al profesor porque sus comentarios negativos frustraban a los alumnos.The teacher was fired because his negative comments frustrated the students.
2. (to stop)
a. to thwart
La repentina tormenta frustró nuestros planes de visitar el parque.The sudden storm thwarted our plans of going to the park.
3. (to abort)
a. to foil
Los policías consiguieron frustrar el atentado una hora antes de que ocurriera.The police managed to foil the attack one hour before it happened.
frustrarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to become frustrated)
a. to get frustrated
Los tartamudos se frustran si otras personas acaban sus frases.People who stammer get frustrated when other people finish their sentences.
5. (to fall through)
a. to fail
El proyecto del equipo se frustró al dejar de recibir financiación.The team's project failed when it stopped getting funding.
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frustrar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (persona)
a. to frustrate
2. (posibilidades, ilusiones)
a. to thwart, to put paid to
3. (plan)
a. to thwart
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (persona)
a. to get frustrated
5. (ilusiones)
a. to be thwarted
6. (proyecto)
a. to fail
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frustrar
transitive verb
1 [+persona] to frustrate; [+proyecto, aspiración, deseo, sueño] to thwart
no quiero frustrar sus esperanzas I don't want to frustrate o thwart their hopes; le frustra no poderse comunicar he finds it frustrating not being able to communicate
2 (abortar) [+atentado, operación] to foil
los guardas frustraron el intento de fuga the guards foiled their escape attempt
pronominal verb
frustrarse [+persona] to be frustrated; [+aspiración, deseo] to be thwarted; [+proyecto] to be thwarted; fall through
se frustró enormemente por no poder acabar la carrera he was terribly frustrated at not being able to finish his studies; nuestros sueños se frustraron our dreams were dashed o shattered
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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