Simple Definition of entrap
: to catch (someone or something) in a trap or in something like a trap
Full Definition of entrap
1 : to catch in or as if in a trap
2 : to lure into a compromising statement or act
Examples of entrap in a sentence
We used the net to entrap a school of fish.
The air bubbles were entrapped in ice.
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
Rhymes with entrap
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ENTRAP Defined for Kids
Definition of entrap for Students
: to catch in or as if in a trap
Legal Definition of entrap
: 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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