entrap

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French entraper (catch in a trap), see en- +‎ trap

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entrap (third-person singular simple present entraps, present participle entrapping, simple past and past participle entrapped)

  1. (transitive) To catch something in a trap or snare.
  2. (transitive) To lure someone, either into a dangerous situation, or into performing an illegal act.

Usage notes[edit]

Entrap is a more intense form of trap: see en-.

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