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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.
Origin of entrap
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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  • Nigger had a wife, which just now would come in handy, though Stuart had hitherto rather resented her entrapping of his friend.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • The idea of entrapping her into a meeting with him is abhorrent to him.

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • The machine could be pushed into the water and the net lowered to any position suitable for entrapping fish.

  • Other methods of entrapping insects may also be pursued with success.

  • He appears to have taken credit at the Persian court for the treason of entrapping his colleagues into the hands of Tissaphernês.

  • Some I shake so as to make sure of entrapping cold air in them.

    How We Think John Dewey
  • The snare set for Magdalen having failed, the chance of entrapping Magdalen's sister was the next chance to try.

    No Name Wilkie Collins
  • The colonel had paused, as he perceived the completeness of the lawyer's entrapping.

    Sons and Fathers Harry Stillwell Edwards
  • She had made no plans for the entrapping of any soul, and yet she felt forlorn and wicked.

    Beyond The Rocks Elinor Glyn
  • The natives make holes in the ground, entrapping the ants, and use them for food.

    The Upward Path Various
British Dictionary definitions for entrapping


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 entrapping



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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