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
(2) : trap, gin entry 2
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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Other Words from snare

Verb

snarer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for snare

Synonyms: Noun

ambush, net, trap, web

Synonyms: Verb

catch up, enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entoil, entrap, mesh, net, tangle, trap

Antonyms: Verb

disentangle, untangle

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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

Then, McMahon — flashing potential as Colorado’s long-term first baseman of the future — had a diving snare of Frazier’s grounder in the fourth to turn a would-be RBI single into an inning-ending out. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Pirates sweep Rockies as Jeff Hoffman’s strong start is wasted, Colorado falls to season-worst 20 games below .500," 1 Sep. 2019 The track is an old-school ballad with a booming snare, keys and a wholesome '60s vibe. Bonnie Stiernberg, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Releases 'Lover': Stream It Now," 16 Aug. 2019 Andrew moves to the toms, then back to the snare, then back. SI.com, "Arrigo Sacchi: The Game That Made the AC Milan Legend One of the Greatest Managers of All Time," 15 Aug. 2019 The attempt itself isn’t that bad; a one-handed snare of a sinking liner is a tough play no matter what. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Wild-Card Contenders Are Content to Be Sellers, and That's a Problem," 23 July 2019 That meant retiring older rangers, training others in modern anti-poaching systems—such as using the latest animal tracking technology—and creating a canine team to help find poachers and detect snares. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019 Vaughan caught his snare pole around the animal's neck, taped its mouth shut and wrestled it into the back of his truck and home to his facility. Scottie Andrew And Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "This 463-pound alligator was removed from a Florida highway after it was struck by a semi-truck," 20 June 2019 During Victims in Ecstasy's set, their drummer broke a snare drum, and Bennington came to the rescue, offering his drummer's snare. Ed Masley, azcentral, "He took 10,000 photos of Chester Bennington. Now, his images are a traveling memorial," 18 June 2019 With no outs, Gonzalez made a sliding snare on a sinking Hamilton liner. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "C.J. Cron, Twins pull through for third straight win," 15 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Morgan’s pass went just over Bulldogs cornerback Juju Hughes, and Autman-Bell snared it and barely got his foot down in bounds. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Firsts for Fleck. Gophers’ poise leads to initial comeback wins for head coach," 11 Sep. 2019 For example, there’s a widespread Social Security scam that is snaring a lot of people. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Lawyers representing consumers in the Equifax settlement could get up to $77.5 million. Is that fair?," 8 Aug. 2019 Clips of Baker snaring a rebound, maneuvering up the court and burying a step-back three in a defender’s face should have Smart and the rest of the Longhorns salivating. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "As Jaxson Hayes heads to NBA, Will Baker steps in for Texas," 7 July 2019 There’s also a $200 fine for failing to mark a trap or snare. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "New restrictions on where people can trap in the Anchorage municipality go into effect Friday," 7 June 2019 On this one, Mayfield found Beckham down the right sideline, and the receiver stuck out his right hand to snare the ball behind Nate Hairston — in nearly the same spot as his big catch five years ago. BostonGlobe.com, "Odell Beckham on what it meant to return to MetLife," 17 Sep. 2019 On this one, Mayfield found Beckham down the right sideline, and the receiver stuck out his right hand to snare the ball behind Nate Hairston -- in nearly the same spot as his big catch five years ago. oregonlive, "Odell Beckham, Jr. powers the Cleveland Browns to the win over the New York Jets: Recap, score, stats and more," 16 Sep. 2019 Walker dived to his right, snaring the 101-mph one-hopper. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Energized Diamondbacks take third straight from Dodgers, pull closer in wild card race," 31 Aug. 2019 Melbourne quartet Tropical F**k Storm snare a second appearance on the national albums tally and a first top 10 with their sophomore set Braindrops (Flightless Records/Inertia), new at No. 10. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Blasts to No. 1 on Australia's Albums Chart With 'Lover'," 2 Sep. 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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snare

noun

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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