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 bycapture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty.
capture an enemy strongholdtrap, 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 animalssnared butterflies with a netentrap 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 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.
Recent Examples on the WebEven large logs that appear immovable can crush or entrap victims underneath when a sneaker wave rolls in.
oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2022 The tactic would entrap a large portion of the Ukrainian military in a pocket in the eastern part of the country, and cut it off from retreating towards Kyiv.
Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 17 Mar. 2022 Continuing the runaway semi-autonomous car example, imagine that the police don’t have enough police cars on the scene to entrap the bolting car.
Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 The federal suit, filed in San Francisco against Meta Platforms and Snap, claims the social media platforms operate on algorithms intentionally designed to entrap children and teens.
Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, 25 Jan. 2022 Often, a cover is all that is needed to entrap heat and keep the plants from frost or freezes.
Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Dec. 2021 His playbook of operations was called the Trout Memo – after the fly-fishing technique designed to entrap trout.
Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 23 Oct. 2021 In 2018, Egyptian authorities and residents were widely reported to have used Grindr and other dating apps to entrap and persecute gay men.
NBC News, 14 Oct. 2021 On July 16, security forces posed as COVID-19 patients in order to entrap and arrest medical volunteers.
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: to cause (a person) to commit a crime by means of undue persuasion, encouragement, or fraud in order to later prosecutepolice entrap him into violating the literal terms of a criminal statute— W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.