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[en-snair] /ɛnˈsnɛər/
verb (used with object), ensnared, ensnaring.
to capture in, or involve as in, a snare:
to be ensnared by lies; to ensnare birds.
Also, insnare.
Origin of ensnare
First recorded in 1585-95; en-1 + snare1
Related forms
ensnarement, noun
ensnarer, noun
ensnaringly, adverb
unensnared, adjective
entrap, entangle, enmesh.
release. Unabridged
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  • Of what avail would be a boat or a river if this person sacrificed the nets and appliances by which the fish are ensnared?

    The Mirror of Kong Ho Ernest Bramah
  • By her witcheries, I tell you, has ensnared him so that now he swears that he will wed her.

    Elissa H. Rider Haggard
  • What right has she to say that I ensnared Madeline's affection and all that rot?

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Your carriage flattered his vanity; your person would have ensnared his heart.

    The Duchesse de Langeais Honore de Balzac
  • After a run of ten miles, a great quantity of ice, coming from the east, filled the bay with small fragments and ensnared us.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
British Dictionary definitions for ensnared


verb (transitive)
to catch or trap in a snare
to trap or gain power over someone by dishonest or underhand means
Derived Forms
ensnarement, noun
ensnarer, noun
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Word Origin and History for ensnared



1570s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + snare (n.). Related: Ensnared; ensnaring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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