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

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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 From there, Peart rumbled mid-tones against holiday bells and segued a snare roll to a xylophone solo. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Rush drummer Neil Peart showcased his virtuosity across decades of Indianapolis shows," 11 Jan. 2020 In the meantime, geladas who raid nearby farms, where Ethiopian villagers grow lentils, potatoes, and barley, sometimes return with metal snares clamped around a limb. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "These tough-looking monkeys eke out a living at 11,000 feet," 28 Mar. 2019 What's more, leopards are at risk of getting caught in snares. Sarah Lazarus And Jon Jensen, CNN, "Sri Lanka's leopards are under threat, but this woman is determined to save them," 15 Jan. 2020 Distinguished by its silver sheen, this chevrotain is the about the size of a rabbit and was known to live in an area of Vietnam rife with poaching snares, Global Wildlife Conservation says. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "This shy, tiny 'mouse-deer' was lost for almost 30 years. Researchers just captured images of it," 12 Nov. 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, 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But Anthony snared tough rebounds near the hoop, hit a couple shots out of pick-and-roll sets and flashed enough savvy to show that might just help a struggling team with high expectations. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers links: On Carmelo Anthony’s return to the NBA and debut with Portland," 20 Nov. 2019 Three days shy of his 21st birthday, the wunderkind left fielder also snared Michael Brantley's try for late, tying hit. Ben Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Juan Soto helps Nationals top Gerrit Cole and Astros, 5-4, in World Series opener," 23 Oct. 2019 For people like Moore who have been snared under the felony murder rule and are serving time, clemency is the only option. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: When the felony murder rule looms overhead, a plea deal isn’t always a lifeline.," 23 Sep. 2019 Montgomery also snared a 21-yarder over the middle. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns: Rashard Higgins, DJ Montgomery and lessons learned — Terry Pluto," 17 Aug. 2019 The gift card caper that snared Ms. Albitz was unusual, but scammers trying to extract fake tax payments aren’t a new thing. John Schwartz, New York Times, "The I.R.S. Really Doesn’t Want to Hear From You," 23 Feb. 2018 Geroux, the other visiting French rider, snared one win. Hal Lundgren, Houston Chronicle, "Lady Apple, Bodecream win big at Sam Houston Race Park," 26 Jan. 2020 According to records obtained by The Arizona Republic through a federal Freedom of Information Act request, 15 of 24 wolf autopsy reports from 2013 to 2018 were found to be human-caused, by gunshots, vehicle collisions or snare trapping. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Competing interests leave Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts at a crossroads," 30 Dec. 2019 The Blenders’ story is that of a group that didn’t snare the brass ring of stardom despite multiple record deals and professional heavyweights periodically climbing into their corner. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: The Blenders keep their Christmas songs slick and well-sung," 13 Dec. 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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16 Feb 2020

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“Snare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snarer. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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