Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To catch in or as if in a trap.
  • transitive v. To lure into danger, difficulty, or a compromising situation. See Synonyms at catch.
  • transitive v. To lure into performing a previously or otherwise uncontemplated illegal act.

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  • v. To catch something in a trap or snare.
  • v. To lure someone, either into a dangerous situation, or into performing an illegal act.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To catch in a trap; to insnare; hence, to catch, as in a trap, by artifices; to involve in difficulties or distresses; to catch or involve in contradictions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To catch, as in a trap; insnare; hence, to catch by artifice; involve in difficulties or distresses; entangle; catch or involve in contradictions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take or catch as if in a snare or trap
  • v. catch in or as if in a trap

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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en- +‎ trap

Examples

  • These clients often attempt to manipulate with words, performance skills, dollars and the reflected glory of their celebrity and then "entrap" the ofttimes well-intentioned but blindly ambitious physician into becoming a part of their "entourage."

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  • Somewhere or other that downy bird Kipling observes that the lesson of the island race is to put away all emotion and entrap the alien at the proper time. 16 I learned it in my cradle, long before he wrote it, and have practised it all my life with some success, and only this difference, that for "entrap" I prefer to substitute "escape".

    Watershed

  • It was no easy matter to oblige her cousin to understand what she meant; but at last the declaration that she had refused her old lover because she had placed her affections upon Edwin Lechmere, whom she was endeavouring to "entrap," was not to be mistaken; and the country girl was altogether unprepared for the burst of indignant feeling, mingled with much bitterness, which repelled the untruth.

    Turns of Fortune And Other Tales

  • Jones told the hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court that British government and judicial officials had worked together to "entrap" Khurts.

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  • Zanis replied that he'd pretended to smoke the pot in order to "entrap" the tenant, whom he wanted to evict.

    Chicago Reader

  • And to those who say "Don't our law enforcement officers have something better to do than trying to 'entrap' businesses?" we'd offer this response: Would you rather they were racing to the scene of an alcohol-related crash involving a car filled with teenagers?

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  • At the same time, Toyota faces increasing skepticism from U.S. lawmakers that its 2009 recall - 3.8 million vehicles for floor mats that can "entrap"

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  • Technically officers can't "entrap" a citizen; however, according to

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  • OMG - Joel McNally is disgusted that law enforcement would "entrap" child sexual predators Lloyd: I wonder if McNally would speak differently had the arrested man been a ...

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  • OMG - Joel McNally is disgusted that law enforcement would "entrap" child sexual predators gus: How does McNally explain the CHILD PORN that Gary Becker Democrat had on his ... stalker3: So McNally doesn't like the method used to arrest the child molester ....

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