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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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  • As the coral ensnare nutrients, currents flow and a big wave moves through the sea, further mixing the water and nutrients.
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  • Design for equipment to lure or ensnare fish or cold-blooded animal living wholly in water.
  • Or it can further ensnare people in poverty and environmental degradations, creating a vicious cycle.
  • Gill netting: a survey technique that uses a mesh net to ensnare fish.
  • The rod was nicked and contained numerous burrs, that could ensnare loose clothing.
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.

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