snare

noun
\ ˈsner How to pronounce snare (audio) \

Definition of snare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a contrivance often consisting of a noose for entangling birds or mammals
b(1) : something by which one is entangled, involved in difficulties, or impeded
(2) : something deceptively attractive
2 [probably from Dutch snaar, literally, cord; akin to Old High German snuor]
a : one of the catgut strings or metal spirals of a snare drum
3 : a surgical instrument consisting usually of a wire loop constricted by a mechanism in the handle and used for removing tissue masses (such as tonsils)

snare

verb
snared; snaring

Definition of snare (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to capture by or as if by use of a snare
b : to win or attain by artful or skillful maneuvers
2 : to entangle or hold as if in a snare any object that snared his eyeCurrent Biography

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Verb

snarer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for snare

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Examples of snare in a Sentence

Noun people caught in the snare of drug addiction you fell for my clever snare, you fool! Verb They caught fish and snared seabirds. Unfortunately, the nets also snare turtles. They snared first place in the contest. trying to snare business from competitors The shortstop snared a high throw from the outfield.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The soundtrack starts with a constant snare on the left side with guitars mixed in on the right. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 The soundtrack starts with a constant snare on the left side with guitars mixed in on the right. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 The soundtrack starts with a constant snare on the left side with guitars mixed in on the right. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 The soundtrack starts with a constant snare on the left side with guitars mixed in on the right. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 The soundtrack starts with a constant snare on the left side with guitars mixed in on the right. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 Jean opened his set with a radical guitar solo while a kick snare played in the background. Shamika Sanders, Essence, "Wyclef Jean, Raphael Saadiq and India.Arie Kick Off ESSENCE Festival’s First Night Of Concerts," 28 June 2020 He was accepted on scholarship to play snare on the drumline. USA Today, "These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America," 22 June 2020 The soundtrack starts with a constant snare on the left side with guitars mixed in on the right. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The contact pads are steel velcro-like collectors positioned around the TAGSAM's lower edge that were intended to snare small, millimeter-size particles as the probe touched the surface. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA spacecraft stirs up a rocky blizzard on asteroid Bennu as it attempt to collect samples," 21 Oct. 2020 In practice, Rosburg used to fire offline snaps at Koch, who would inevitably snare the ball, sometimes with one hand, and pull it back to perfect position. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Sam Koch will play a record 230th game as a Raven. He still sees every rep as a chance ‘to prove my worth.’," 16 Oct. 2020 In five of Morgan's eight seasons with the Reds, the team won the National League West and went on in 1975 and 1976 to snare World Series titles. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Joe Morgan, Hall of Fame second baseman for Cincinnati's Big Red Machine, dies at 77," 12 Oct. 2020 Another, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, is a particle physics experiment that is attempting to snare and analyze cosmic rays, the most fundamental components of the cosmos, to better understand the origins of the universe. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "What the International Space Station teaches us about our future in space," 1 Sep. 2020 Hill and his team plan to launch a campaign next month to find a distributor for theatrical release or to snare a deal for the next best thing — streaming. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "How the heartwarming Texas football story ‘12 Mighty Orphans’ has been horse-collared by COVID-19," 14 Aug. 2020 As well as open-source property registers, the team combs social media to snare boastful photos of yachts, luxurious vacation destinations and country houses. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "Alexei Navalny was once a mere annoyance to the Kremlin. His poisoning shows how much that has changed.," 12 Sep. 2020 Presumably, any civilizations sharp enough to detect and snare a quiet interstellar spacecraft would know about pulsars. National Geographic, "NASA sent a map to space to help aliens find Earth. Now it needs an update.," 10 Sep. 2020 Will John Durham flip a wannabe fixer like Eric Clinesmith to snare the principles in the veritable coup to destroy Trump? Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Ten 2020 Issues, Policies, Personalities — and Chance," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of snare

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for snare

Noun

Middle English, from Old English sneare, probably from Old Norse snara; akin to Old High German snuor cord and perhaps to Greek narkē numbness

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The first known use of snare was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

27 Oct 2020

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“Snare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snare. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for snare

snare

noun
How to pronounce snare (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of snare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device that has a loop (called a noose) which gets smaller when the end of it is pulled and that is used to catch animals : a kind of trap
: a position or situation from which it is difficult to escape

snare

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snare (Entry 2 of 2)

: to catch (an animal) in a snare
: to cause (something) to become caught in something (such as a net or trap)
: to win or get (something) by skillful action or good luck

snare

noun
\ ˈsner How to pronounce snare (audio) \

Kids Definition of snare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a trap (as a noose) for catching small animals and birds
2 : something that traps or deceives

snare

verb
snared; snaring

Kids Definition of snare (Entry 2 of 2)

: to catch or entangle by or as if by use of a trap for catching small animals

snare

noun
\ ˈsna(ə)r, ˈsne(ə)r How to pronounce snare (audio) \

Medical Definition of snare

: a surgical instrument consisting usually of a wire loop constricted by a mechanism in the handle and used for removing tissue masses (as tonsils or polyps)

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