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entrap

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verb en·trap \in-ˈtrap, en-\

Simple Definition of entrap

  • : to catch (someone or something) in a trap or in something like a trap

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of entrap

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to catch in or as if in a trap

  3. 2 :  to lure into a compromising statement or act

Examples of entrap in a sentence

  1. We used the net to entrap a school of fish.

  2. The air bubbles were entrapped in ice.

  3. She felt that she was entrapped in an unhappy marriage.



Origin and Etymology of entrap

Middle French entraper, from en- + trape trap


First Known Use: 1534

Synonym Discussion of entrap

catch, capture, trap, snare, entrap, ensnare, bag mean to come to possess or control by or as if by seizing. catch implies the seizing of something in motion or in flight or in hiding <caught the dog as it ran by>. capture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty <capture an enemy stronghold>. trap, snare, entrap, ensnare imply seizing by some device that holds the one caught at the mercy of the captor. trap and snare apply more commonly to physical seizing <trap animals> <snared butterflies with a net>. entrap and ensnare more often are figurative <entrapped the witness with a trick question> <a sting operation that ensnared burglars>. bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey <bagged a brace of pheasants>.

ENTRAP Defined for Kids

entrap

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verb en·trap \in-ˈtrap\

Definition of entrap for Students

entrapped

entrapping

  1. :  to catch in or as if in a trap




Law Dictionary

entrap

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transitive verb en·trap \in-ˈtrap\

Legal Definition of entrap

entrapped

entrapping

  1. :  to cause (a person) to commit a crime by means of undue persuasion, encouragement, or fraud in order to later prosecute <police entrap him into violating the literal terms of a criminal statute — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.>





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