verb en·trap \in-ˈtrap, en-\

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

Full Definition of ENTRAP

transitive verb
:  to catch in or as if in a trap
:  to lure into a compromising statement or act

Examples of ENTRAP

  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 of ENTRAP

Middle French entraper, from en- + trape trap
First Known Use: 1534

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