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ensnare

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of ensnare

  1. to catch or hold as if in a net parked just out of view, the state trooper was lying in wait to ensnare unwary speeders Synonyms of ensnare catch up, enmesh (also immesh), entangle, ensnarl, entoil, entrap, mesh, net, snare, tangle, trapWords Related to ensnare bag, birdlime, capture, collar; embroil, implicate, involve, mireNear Antonyms of ensnare detach, disengage, extricate; clear, free, liberateAntonyms of ensnare disentangle, untangle

Synonym Discussion of ensnare

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


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