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
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?
Whenever someone uses a drug, a tiny bit of the illicit chemical will become entrapped in keratin — a protein that is the main component of hair.
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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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