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entrap

verb

  1. (deceive)  to take or catch as if in a snare or trap
    Synonyms: ensnare, frame, insnare, set up. Type of: deceive
  2. (hunting)  to catch in, or as if in, a trap
    Synonyms: ensnare, entoil, insnare, snare, trammel, trap. Topic: hunting. Type of: capture

Etymology summary

French entraper, from Old French: en-, in; see "en-" [entry 1] + trape, trap (of...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Entrapment

conduct by a law enforcement agent inducing a person to commit an offense that the person would otherwise have been unlikely to commit. In many jurisdictions, entrapment is a possible defense against criminal liability. Depending on the law in the ... (40 of 2823 words)

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New World Dictionary:

entrap | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entrapment [noun, related]

to catch in or as in a trap | to deceive or trick into difficulty, as into incriminating oneself (18 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/entrap

Collins Dictionary:

entrap | entrapper [noun, derived]

to catch or snare in or as if in a trap | to lure or trick into danger, difficulty, or embarrassment (20 of 462 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/entrap

Merriam-Webster:

entrap | catch up [synonym, sense-specific] | enmesh [synonym, sense-specific] | ensnare [synonym, sense-specific] | ensnarl [synonym, sense-specific] | entoil [synonym, sense-specific] | entangle [synonym, sense-specific] | mesh [synonym, sense-specific] | net [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to catch in or as if in a trap | to lure into a compromising statement or act (17 of 118 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/entrap

Random House Dictionary:

entrap | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle]

to catch in or as in a trap; ensnare. | to bring unawares into difficulty or danger. | to lure into performing an act or making a statement that is ... (28 of 81 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/entrap

Oxford Dictionary:

entrap | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entraps [3rd-person singular present] | entrapment [derived]

catch in or as in a trap | trick (someone) into committing a crime in order to secure their prosecution (19 of 76 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/entrap

American Heritage Dictionary:

entrap | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entraps [3rd-person singular present] | entrapment [noun, related]

To catch in or as if in a trap. | To lure into danger, difficulty, or a compromising situation. | To lure into performing a previously or otherwise ... (26 of 60 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/entrap

Macmillan British Dictionary:

entrap [transitive] | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entraps [3rd-person singular present]

to put someone in a dangerous situation that is difficult to escape from ; to trick someone into doing something wrong (21 of 48 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/entrap

Wiktionary:

entrap | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entraps [3rd-person singular present] | betrap [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] To catch something in a trap or snare. | [transitive] To lure someone, either into a dangerous situation, or into performing an illegal act. (24 of 37 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/entrap

Cambridge Dictionary:

entrap [formal] | -pp- [past tense]

to cause someone to do something that they would not usually do, by unfair methods (15 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/entrap

Encarta Dictionary:

entrap | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entraps [3rd-person singular present] | entrapment [noun, derived]

to be restrained or restricted by circumstances | to deceive somebody, especially to trick somebody into committing or admitting to a crime (21 of 59 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608680​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

entrap | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entraps [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French entraper, from Old French: en-, in; see "en-" [entry 1] + trape, trap (of Germanic origin).

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Online Etymology:

entrap

First use: 1530s

Origin: intrappe, from Old French entraper "trap, catch in a trap"; see "en-" (1) + "trap".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=entrap

Oxford Dictionary:

entrap | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entraps [3rd-person singular present]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Old French entraper, from en- "in" + trappe "a trap"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/entrap

Merriam-Webster:

entrap

First use: 1534

Origin: Middle French entraper, from en- + trape trap

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New World Dictionary:

entrap | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle]

Origin: Old French entraper

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/entrap

Wiktionary:

entrap | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entraps [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: en- + trap

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/entrap

en-

Origin: Middle English en- ("en-, in-"). Originally from Old French en- (also an-), from Latin in- ("in, into"); but also from an alteration of Middle English in-, from Old English in- ("in, into"), from... (33 of 72 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/en-

trap | traps [plural] | trapped [past tense] | trapping [present participle]

Origin: Middle English trappe, from Old English træppe, treppe ("trap, snare") (also in betræppan ("to trap")) ... | Swedish trapp, from trappa ("stair"). (21 of 72 etymology words)

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

entrap

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "entrap"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

entrap [transitive] | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entraps [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "entrap"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

entrap [transitive] | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entraps [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "entrap"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/entrap

Cambridge Dictionary:

entrap [formal] | -pp- [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "entrap"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "entrap"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/entrap

the Free Dictionary:

entrap

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "entrap"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "entrap"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "entrap" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

entrap | entrapped [past tense] | entrapping [present participle] | entraps [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "entrap"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

entrap

Audio: North American pronunciation of "entrap"

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YourDictionary Audio:

entrap

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "entrap" by speech synthesizer

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