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entrap

[ en-trap ]
/ ɛnˈtræp /
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verb (used with object), en·trapped, en·trap·ping.

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.

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Origin of entrap

From the Middle French word entraper, dating back to 1525–35. See en-1, trap1

OTHER WORDS FROM entrap

en·trap·per, nounen·trap·ping·ly, adverbun·en·trapped, adjective
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How to use entrap in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for entrap

entrap
/ (ɪnˈtræp) /

verb -traps, -trapping or -trapped (tr)

to catch or snare in or as if in a trap
to lure or trick into danger, difficulty, or embarrassment

Derived forms of entrap

entrapper, noun
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