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[en-trap] /ɛnˈtræp/
verb (used with object), entrapped, entrapping.
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.
1525-35; < Middle French entraper. See en-1, trap1
Related forms
entrapper, noun
entrappingly, adverb
unentrapped, adjective
1. capture, snare, trap. Unabridged
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  • But poverty has entrapped two-thirds of the people, leaving hundreds of thousands of them malnourished.
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  • Marshmallows are a foam of air entrapped in sugar and other ingredients.
  • Two children became entrapped between the drop side and the crib mattress but were freed without injury.
British Dictionary definitions for entrapped


verb (transitive) -traps, -trapping, -trapped
to catch or snare in or as if in a trap
to lure or trick into danger, difficulty, or embarrassment
Derived Forms
entrapper, noun
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Word Origin and History for entrapped



1530s, intrappe, from Old French entraper "trap, catch in a trap;" see en- (1) + trap (v.). Related: Entrapped; entrapping.

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