Synonyms of snare

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a device or scheme for capturing another by surprise
  • you fell for my clever snare, you fool!

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2 something that catches and holds
  • someday you'll find that your lies are a snare from which you can't escape

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Synonyms & Antonyms of snare (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to catch or hold as if in a net
  • easily distracted by any bright object that snared his eye

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2 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly
  • campers trying to snare brook trout for supper

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How does the verb snare contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of snare are bag, capture, catch, ensnare, entrap, and trap. While all these words mean "to come to possess or control by or as if by seizing," 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

When is bag a more appropriate choice than snare?

In some situations, the words bag and snare are roughly equivalent. However, bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey.

bagged a brace of pheasants

When is it sensible to use capture instead of snare?

Although the words capture and snare have much in common, capture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty.

capture an enemy stronghold

When would catch be a good substitute for snare?

The synonyms catch and snare are sometimes interchangeable, but catch implies the seizing of something in motion or in flight or in hiding.

caught the dog as it ran by

How are the words entrap and ensnare related as synonyms of snare?

Both entrap and ensnare more often are figurative.

entrapped the witness with a trick question

a sting operation that ensnared burglars

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The first known use of snare was before the 12th century

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“Snare.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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