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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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  • But don't get ensnared in the drama, don't interfere.
  • Then there were the musicians, dancers, and sculptors who had the misfortune of being ensnared on a college campus.
  • We should never forget what happened to the savings and loan industry when it was ensnared by rising interest rates.
  • There is often tragic interest in the struggles of the ensnared wretches to break away from the meshes spun about them.
  • So he ensnared himself in things that modern humans do.
  • For now, it appears admitted or ensnared steroid users will be punished deeply.
  • Emerging economies have also been ensnared, as investors from richer countries retreat to their home markets.
  • As soon as even one molecule of the compound is ensnared, it creates a detectable change in the ring's optical properties.
  • Laden with emotion and symbolism, names get ensnared in everything.
  • When major news outlets are ensnared in scandal, as they often are these days, the government naturally appears to be on top.
British Dictionary definitions for ensnared


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 ensnared



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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