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

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 dynamic is familiar for states on the West and East coasts where the sale and use of marijuana has been broadly allowed since Colorado's market opened in 2014, despite a federal ban that created a patchwork of legal and cultural snares. David Eggert, Fortune, "Legal Marijuana Sales May Spark Interstate Tension in the Midwest," 30 Dec. 2019 The dynamic is familiar for states on the West and East coasts where the sale and use of marijuana has been broadly allowed since Colorado’s market opened in 2014, despite a federal ban that created a patchwork of legal and cultural snares. Washington Post, "Legal marijuana sales may spark Midwest interstate tension," 30 Dec. 2019 The dynamic is familiar for states on the West and East coasts where the sale and use of marijuana has been broadly allowed since Colorado’s market opened in 2014, despite a federal ban that created a patchwork of legal and cultural snares. David Eggert, The Denver Post, "Legal marijuana sales may spark Midwest interstate tension," 29 Dec. 2019 One had scabies, broken teeth, an abscess and scars from the snare that had captured it. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, "In Lebanon, the Hyena’s Main Fear Is Fear Itself," 30 Oct. 2019 Wire snares require much less skill to make and can last for years. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "'Barbaric' snares are wiping out Southeast Asia's wild animals," 16 Oct. 2019 Gorillas often get caught in snares laid out to trap other animals for bushmeat. National Geographic, "What it takes to protect gorillas from Ebola," 15 Nov. 2019 Caught in a Jesus snare of their own making, the Portuguese didn’t have much choice but to agree to Njinga’s conditions. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Njinga," 4 Oct. 2019 Then there’s Lars Ulrich’s Tama drum set, with the diamond-plate snare, and James Hetfield’s similarly anointed diamond-plate guitar, knowing how many times those instruments must have transported so many of us to Never-Never Land! Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Rock Hall puts the tools in the spotlight with stunning ‘Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll’: Chuck Yarborough," 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two Disney employees and a retired middle school assistant principal have been snared in a Florida sheriff’s child pornography sting. Fox News, "2 Disney workers, retired middle school principal nabbed in Florida child porn sting," 10 Nov. 2019 Caplan was snared in the FBI’s Varsity Blues investigation, which reached from Boston to Los Angeles and back to Tampa. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Greenwich lawyer says he should not have to go to jail for trying to bribe his daughter’s way into college in ‘Varsity Blues’ admission scandal," 28 Sep. 2019 The talks this year have been overshadowed by a growing federal corruption probe that snared a top union official on Thursday. chicagotribune.com, "More than 49,000 auto workers go on strike after talks with General Motors break down," 16 Sep. 2019 The talks this year have been overshadowed by a growing federal corruption probe that snared a top union official on Thursday. CBS News, "UAW hits GM with nationwide strike," 16 Sep. 2019 The talks this year have been overshadowed by a growing federal corruption probe that snared a top union official on Thursday. Anchorage Daily News, "Auto workers strike nationwide against GM in contract dispute," 16 Sep. 2019 Still others lack the energy to finish the long journey through the female reproductive tract, or they get snared in sticky fluid meant to impede all but the strongest swimmers. Quanta Magazine, "Choosy Eggs May Pick Sperm for Their Genes, Defying Mendel’s Law," 15 Nov. 2017 The Los Angeles Police Department will begin testing a device designed to snare a person from a distance, giving officers an alternative to firing a Taser or a gun, CBS Los Angeles reports. CBS News, "Los Angeles Police testing non-lethal device capable of detaining people from up to 25 feet away," 3 Dec. 2019 Thus, the natural world still often has surprises in store—but that shouldn't undercut how vital conservation efforts should be for these species, especially given the potentially precarious position of the chevrotain thanks to snare hunting. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Missing for 30 Years, a Rare Deer Species Is Rediscovered in Vietnam," 11 Nov. 2019

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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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5 Jan 2020

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“Snare.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snarer. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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snare

noun
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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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