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Webster 1913 Edition


Entrap

En-trap′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Entrapped
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Entrapping
.]
[Pref.
en-
+
trap
: cf. OF.
entraper
.]
To catch in a trap; to insnare; hence, to catch, as in a trap, by artifices; to involve in difficulties or distresses; to catch or involve in contradictions;
as, to be
entrapped
by the devices of evil men
.
Syn. – To insnare; inveigle; tangle; decoy; entangle.

Webster 1828 Edition


Entrap

ENTRAP'

,
Verb.
T.
To catch as in a trap; to insnare; used chiefly or wholly in a figurative sense. To catch by artifices; to involve in difficulties or distresses; to entangle; to catch or involve in contradictions; in short, to involve in any difficulties from which an escape is not easy or possible. We are entrapped by the devices of evil men. We are sometimes entrapped in our own words.

Definition 2023


entrap

entrap

English

Verb

entrap (third-person singular simple present entraps, present participle entrapping, simple past and past participle entrapped)

  1. (transitive) To catch something in a trap or snare.
  2. (transitive) To lure someone, either into a dangerous situation, or into performing an illegal act.

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Entrap is a more intense form of trap: see en-.

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