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From en- +‎ snare.



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.
    • 1730, James Thomson, “Autumn”, in The Seasons, London: [] A[ndrew] Millar, and sold by Thomas Cadell, [], published 1768, →OCLC, page 160, lines 1289–1292:
      Let theſe / Inſnare the vvretched in the toils of lavv, / Fomenting diſcord, and perplexing right, / An iron race!
    • 2005, Plato, translated by Lesley Brown and 250d-e, Sophist:
      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, in 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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