en·​snare | \ in-ˈsner How to pronounce ensnare (audio) , en- \
ensnared; ensnaring; ensnares

Definition of ensnare

transitive verb

: to take in or as if in a snare

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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

Examples of ensnare in a Sentence

The animals got ensnared in the net. The police successfully ensnared the burglar.
Recent Examples on the Web But search term orders are effectively fishing expeditions, hoping to ensnare possible suspects whose identities the government does not know. Thomas Brewster, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Telegram Channels devoted to the Proud Boys and the QAnon conspiracy theory were rife with speculation that the September 18 protest was a trap set by the federal government to ensnare supporters of far-right causes. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2021 To ensnare their victims, the apps would bombard the user with popups, saying the victim had won a prize and needed to claim it immediately. Thomas Brewster, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 The Texas bill, like others proposed this year, creates or expands several criminal violations involving elections, some of which are broadly defined and could ensnare voters or those who help them. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Ukraine appears to ensnare foreigners, not just locals, in its toxic maze of corruption and foreign intrigue. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 But some critics say its broad language risks capturing even legitimate activities, while rights group Reporters Without Borders said the law could ensnare independent media outlets. Reuters, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 While Wilson says there are channels that may use strange but innocent-seeming content to ensnare viewers, then feed them misinformation, at the moment, TheSoul does not appear to be one of them. Mirel Zaman, refinery29.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Ukrainian spies tried to ensnare the criminals in an elaborate international sting. Dominic Rech, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of ensnare

1576, in the meaning defined above

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“Ensnare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ensnare. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ensnare

: to catch (an animal or person) in a trap or in a place from which there is no escape

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