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.
Recent Examples of entrap from the Web
Others within the president’s orbit hinted that some more sinister force had sought to entrap the Trump campaign.
The plan: entrap him in a hotel with the awesome name of Mount Venus that includes a revolving bed (something APT couldn’t have credibly pulled off on its old stage).
After an objection by the prosecutors, the judge decided probably the only way the psychologist can testify is to support an argument that she was entrapped by the police.
The TPS designation is granted to immigrants from countries entrapped in wars, natural disasters and other adverse but temporary conditions.
Unscrupulous lenders — aka loan sharks — target low-income Americans with products designed to entrap them in a never-ending cycle of debt.
The lasso features prominently in the director Patty Jenkins’s film, as both a weapon and a tactic: In it, Diana uses the glimmering device repeatedly to whip, to entrap, to win.
Also, what about the huge amounts of plastic litter entrapped by the floating screens?
Police said emergency crews were called to the scene on Winton and Kings Run just before 5 p.m. to a report of a person entrapped.
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Origin and Etymology of entrap
Middle French entraper, from en- + trape trap
First Known Use: 1534See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of entrap
ENTRAP Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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