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entrap

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of entrap

  1. to catch or hold as if in a net a string of inconsistent statements and outright lies that finally entrapped the witness Synonyms of entrap catch up, enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, ensnarl, entoil, entangle, mesh, net, snare, tangle, trapWords Related to entrap bag, birdlime, capture, collar; embroil, implicate, involve, mireNear Antonyms of entrap detach, disengage, extricate; clear, free, liberateAntonyms of entrap disentangle, untangle

Synonym Discussion of entrap

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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