ensnare

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verb en·snare \in-ˈsner, en-\

Definition of ensnare

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to take in or as if in a snare

Examples of ensnare in a Sentence

  1. The animals got ensnared in the net.

  2. The police successfully ensnared the burglar.

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First Known Use of ensnare

1576

Synonym Discussion of ensnare

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

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ENSNARE Defined for English Language Learners

ensnare

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Definition of ensnare for English Language Learners

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



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