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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
1585-95; en-1 + snare1
Related forms
ensnarement, noun
ensnarer, noun
ensnaringly, adverb
unensnared, adjective
entrap, entangle, enmesh.
release. Unabridged
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  • Indeed, the local banks urged such "investments," invited people with property to borrow, laid traps to ensnare them.

  • Only be brave, and stay here with me; don't let her ensnare you!

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • It was you who planned this massacre to ensnare me into a trap which was to destroy us all.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol III Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • He knew the cunning plan Satan had conceived to ensnare Peter.

    The Work Of Christ A. C. Gaebelein
  • When a woman lives to see the arts by which she gained her husband practised to ensnare her son, candour can reveal no more.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for ensnare


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 ensnare

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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