- to catch in or as in a trap; ensnare: The hunters used nets to entrap the lion.
- to bring unawares into difficulty or danger: He entrapped himself in the web of his own lies.
- to lure into performing an act or making a statement that is compromising or illegal.
- to draw into contradiction or damaging admission: The questioner entrapped her into an admission of guilt.
- Law. to catch by entrapment.
Origin of entrap
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1. capture, snare, trap.
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Examples from the Web for entrapped
There may be no entrapped pool of human talent left on earth with the dollar value of Cuban athletes.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
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On a 1957 trip to Moscow, Alsop was entrapped by a handsome young KGB spy and the incident was caught on camera.Gay Men and the Presidents Who Loved Them
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She felt claustrophobic, entrapped like an exotic bird, but despite her angst she lacked the courage to leave.Rita Moreno, SAG Life Achievement Award Winner, Talks Brando, Elvis And West Side Story
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Lincoln has entrapped him into arguing not against Lincoln, but against the English language.David's Bookclub: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
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At the battle of Salamis, that navy had entrapped and smashed the Persian fleet.Persian Fire and Rubicon (Full)
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He was entrapped; not taken in open day, with a fair field before him.
His anger increased as he thought how he had been entrapped, like a mere child.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
The great wonder was, how Wyatt had been entrapped into such a match.Masterpieces of Mystery
And had he and Shad only entrapped themselves to no good end?The Vagrant Duke
The manner in which you entrapped the Prince compels my admiration.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
- to catch or snare in or as if in a trap
- to lure or trick into danger, difficulty, or embarrassment
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Word Origin and History for entrapped
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