- 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 entrapping
There could be no entrapping such an animal, and the Indian did not attempt it.In Search of the Castaways
The idea of entrapping her into a meeting with him is abhorrent to him.April's Lady
Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
Other methods of entrapping insects may also be pursued with success.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
Some I shake so as to make sure of entrapping cold air in them.How We Think
The colonel had paused, as he perceived the completeness of the lawyer's entrapping.Sons and Fathers
Harry Stillwell Edwards
- 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 entrapping
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