entrap

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verb en·trap \ in-ˈtrap , en- \

Definition of entrap

transitive verb
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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of entrap

Middle French entraper, from en- + trape trap

entrap Synonyms

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 English Language Learners

entrap

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Definition of entrap for English Language Learners

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


ENTRAP Defined for Kids

entrap

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verb en·trap \ in-ˈtrap \

Definition of entrap for Students

entrapped; entrapping
: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
: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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