Meaning of “frustration” in the English Dictionary

"frustration" in British English

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uk /frʌsˈtreɪ.ʃən/ us /frʌsˈtreɪ.ʃən/

frustration noun (FEELING)

B2 [ C or U ] the feeling of being annoyed or less confident because you cannot achieve what you want, or something that makes you feel like this:

I could sense his frustration at not being able to help.
This job has more than its fair share of frustrations.

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  • Please don't shout - there's no need to vent your frustration on me.
  • There is a sense of frustration among the players.
  • Try not the let your frustration spoil the event.
  • His failure to get the right job has a been a great frustration to him.
  • Their frustration was evident to all.

(Definition of “frustration” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"frustration" in American English

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us /frʌˈstreɪ·ʃən/

frustration noun (ANNOYING SITUATION)

[ C/U ] disappointment or discouragement, or a discouraging situation:

[ U ] He finally quit in frustration.
[ U ] The teacher confirmed widespread frustration with the lack of up-to-date textbooks.
[ C ] You have to learn to cope with these frustrations.

frustration noun (PREVENTING SUCCESS)

[ U ] the act of preventing something from being achieved:

Our efforts to get funding to save the lighthouse met with frustration.

(Definition of “frustration” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)