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trap

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of trap

  1. 1 a device or scheme for capturing another by surprise undercover agents devised a trap to catch the counterfeiters a bear trap Synonyms of trap ambush, net, snare, web Words Related to trap enmeshment, entanglement, entrapment, envelopment; booby trap, catch, hazard, land mine, pitfall, snag; artifice, cheat, cheating, deception, double-dealing, duplicity, ploy, ruse, subterfuge, trick

  2. 2 a setup in which hidden attackers lie in wait an overland route to the Far East that was once notorious for the many robbers who laid traps for unsuspecting wayfarers Synonyms of trap ambuscade, ambushment, surprise (also surpize), ambushWords Related to trap assault, attack, charge, sally; capture, entrapment, mousetrap, snare; hunting, stalking

  3. 3 something that catches and holds the promotion is really just a trap to keep her from taking a new job elsewhere Synonyms of trap entanglement, mesh(es), morass, net, noose, quagmire, quicksand, snare, tanglement, toil(s), webWords Related to trap knot, snarl, tangle; cat's cradle, labyrinth, maze; cobweb, spiderweb

  4. 4 slang  the opening through which food passes into the body of an animal shut your trap before someone belts you one! Synonyms of trap chops, gob [chiefly British], kisser [slang], mug, piehole [slang], mouth [slang], yap [slang]Words Related to trap countenance, face, puss [slang], visage; muzzle; jaws, mandible, maxilla; gullet, maw


trap

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of trap

  1. 1 to catch or hold as if in a net an ambitious young man who was now trapped in a series of shady business deals Synonyms of trap catch up, enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, ensnarl, entoil, entrap, mesh, net, snare, tangle, entangleWords Related to trap bag, birdlime, capture, collar; embroil, implicate, involve, mireNear Antonyms of trap detach, disengage, extricate; clear, free, liberateAntonyms of trap disentangle, untangle

  2. 2 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly finally trapped the annoying fly in the palm of his hand Synonyms of trap bag, capture, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, nobble [British slang], rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, catchWords Related to trap glove, halter, lasso, rope; apprehend, arrest, detain; bay, corner; clasp, clutch, fasten (on), fist, grasp, grip, hold, latch (on or onto), secure; rend, wrest; enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, entangle, entrap, mesh; abduct, kidnap, spirit (away or off)Near Antonyms of trap discharge, free, liberate, release; drop, loosen, unhandAntonyms of trap miss

Synonym Discussion of trap

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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