ensnare

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From en- +‎ snare.

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ensnare (third-person singular simple present ensnares, present participle ensnaring, simple past and past participle ensnared)

  1. To entrap; to catch in a snare or trap.
    • 2005: Plato, Sophist, Translation by Lesley Brown, 250d-e,
      When we were asked to what one should apply the name “what is not”, we were ensnared in total paradox. Remember?
  2. To entangle; to enmesh.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 1, Internal Combustion[1]:
      But electric vehicles and the batteries that made them run became ensnared in corporate scandals, fraud, and monopolistic corruption that shook the confidence of the nation and inspired automotive upstarts.

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