ensnare

[ en-snair ]
/ ɛnˈsnɛər /

verb (used with object), en·snared, en·snar·ing.

to capture in, or involve as in, a snare: to be ensnared by lies; to ensnare birds.

Nearby words

  1. ensilage,
  2. ensile,
  3. ensky,
  4. enslave,
  5. enslavement,
  6. ensnarl,
  7. ensor,
  8. ensorcell,
  9. ensoul,
  10. enspell

Also insnare.

Origin of ensnare

First recorded in 1585–95; en-1 + snare1

Related formsen·snare·ment, nounen·snar·er, nounen·snar·ing·ly, adverbun·en·snared, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ensnare

ensnare

insnare

/ (ɪnˈsnɛə) /

verb (tr)

to catch or trap in a snare
to trap or gain power over someone by dishonest or underhand means
Derived Formsensnarement, nounensnarer, noun

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Word Origin and History for ensnare

ensnare

v.

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

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