Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To catch in a trap; entrap; ensnare; circumvent; enclose.
  • v. To furnish (a horse) with trappings; deck; adorn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To draw into, or catch in, a trap; to insnare; to circumvent.
  • transitive v. To put trappings on; to clothe; to deck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To entrap; insnare.
  • To put trappings on; clothe; deck.

Etymologies

From Middle English bitrappen, from Old English betræppan, betreppan ("to entrap, catch"), equivalent to be- +‎ trap. Cognate with Dutch betrappen ("to catch, surprise"). (Wiktionary)
From be- +‎ trap. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Een van die beste voorbeelde van hoe ons gevaal het om ten volle betrokke te wees by kritiese probleme in die gemeenskap, is dat ons aanvanklik onkant betrap is met die geweldige opwelling van gemeenskapswoede teen misdaad.

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  • 'Controlled Serendipity' Liberates the Web van Nick Bilton lees, betrap ik mezelf er op dat ik instemmend zit te knikken.

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