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en·trap

 (ĕn-trăp′)
tr.v. en·trapped, en·trap·ping, en·traps
1. To catch in or as if in a trap.
2.
a. To lure into danger, difficulty, or a compromising situation. See Synonyms at catch.
b. Law To induce (someone) into performing an otherwise uncontemplated criminal act for the sole purpose of providing the basis for a prosecution.

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

en·trap′ment n.

entrap

(ɪnˈtræp)
vb (tr) , -traps, -trapping or -trapped
1. to catch or snare in or as if in a trap
2. to lure or trick into danger, difficulty, or embarrassment
enˈtrapper n

en•trap

(ɛnˈtræp)

v.t. -trapped, -trap•ping.
1. to catch in or as if in a trap; ensnare.
2. to bring unawares into difficulty or danger.
3. to lure into performing an act or making a statement that is compromising or illegal.
[1525–35; < Middle French entraper]
en•trap′ment, n.
en•trap′per, n.

entrap


Past participle: entrapped
Gerund: entrapping

Imperative
entrap
entrap
Present
I entrap
you entrap
he/she/it entraps
we entrap
you entrap
they entrap
Preterite
I entrapped
you entrapped
he/she/it entrapped
we entrapped
you entrapped
they entrapped
Present Continuous
I am entrapping
you are entrapping
he/she/it is entrapping
we are entrapping
you are entrapping
they are entrapping
Present Perfect
I have entrapped
you have entrapped
he/she/it has entrapped
we have entrapped
you have entrapped
they have entrapped
Past Continuous
I was entrapping
you were entrapping
he/she/it was entrapping
we were entrapping
you were entrapping
they were entrapping
Past Perfect
I had entrapped
you had entrapped
he/she/it had entrapped
we had entrapped
you had entrapped
they had entrapped
Future
I will entrap
you will entrap
he/she/it will entrap
we will entrap
you will entrap
they will entrap
Future Perfect
I will have entrapped
you will have entrapped
he/she/it will have entrapped
we will have entrapped
you will have entrapped
they will have entrapped
Future Continuous
I will be entrapping
you will be entrapping
he/she/it will be entrapping
we will be entrapping
you will be entrapping
they will be entrapping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been entrapping
you have been entrapping
he/she/it has been entrapping
we have been entrapping
you have been entrapping
they have been entrapping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been entrapping
you will have been entrapping
he/she/it will have been entrapping
we will have been entrapping
you will have been entrapping
they will have been entrapping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been entrapping
you had been entrapping
he/she/it had been entrapping
we had been entrapping
you had been entrapping
they had been entrapping
Conditional
I would entrap
you would entrap
he/she/it would entrap
we would entrap
you would entrap
they would entrap
Past Conditional
I would have entrapped
you would have entrapped
he/she/it would have entrapped
we would have entrapped
you would have entrapped
they would have entrapped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.entrap - take or catch as if in a snare or trap; "I was set up!"; "The innocent man was framed by the police"
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on - be false to; be dishonest with
2.entrap - catch in or as if in a trapentrap - catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes"
hunting, hunt - the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport
capture, catch - capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"
gin - trap with a snare; "gin game"

entrap

noun
1. trick, lure, seduce, entice, deceive, implicate, lead on, embroil, beguile, allure, entangle, ensnare, inveigle, set a trap for, enmesh She was trying to entrap him into marriage.
verb
1. catch, net, capture, trap, snare, entangle, ensnare The whale's mouth contains filters which entrap plankton.

entrap

verb
To gain control of or an advantage over by or as if by trapping:
Translations

entrap

[ɪnˈtræp] VTcoger en una trampa (fig) → entrampar

entrap

[ɪnˈtræp] vt
(= catch) [+ criminal] → prendre au piège
(= trick) (into committing crime)piéger
to be entrapped → être piégé(e)
to be entrapped into doing sth → être amené(e) à faire qch par la ruse

entrap

vt
(= catch)(in einer Falle) fangen
(= induce) to entrap somebody into doing somethingjdn dazu verführen or verleiten, etw zu tun

entrap

[ɪnˈtræp] vt (frm) → intrappolare
References in classic literature ?
The first chance was to cultivate friendly terms with Magdalen, and then, taking her unawares, to entrap her into betraying herself in Noel Vanstone's presence.
My servant, a man of wit, was surprised as well as everybody else; and I can ascribe to nothing but a miracle my escape from so many snares as he laid to entrap me.
A thousand thoughts at once suggested themselves to him on the subject of this new adventure, and it struck him as being ill done and worse advised in him to expose himself to the danger of breaking his plighted faith to his lady; and said he to himself, "Who knows but that the devil, being wily and cunning, may be trying now to entrap me with a duenna, having failed with empresses, queens, duchesses, marchionesses, and countesses?
Some weeks passed after the rescue of the widow's three sons; weeks spent by the Sheriff in the vain effort to entrap Robin Hood and his men.
By regarding her tears and her smiles as enemies, her stooping form, her hanging arms, and all her disentangled hair as toils designed to entrap man's heart.
Now King Pelias meant cunningly to entrap the young man, and to make him say something that should be the cause of mischief and distraction to himself.
It was Monk's business, then, to seize the Frenchman in the act of falsehood and trick, and to draw from the false step itself in which his enemies wished to entrap him, a triumph for his renown.
Lisa, as agent of the Missouri Company, and that it was the intention to entrap the mongrel linguist on his arrival at St.
He was the man whom she had deliberately believed to be guilty of her father's death, the man whom she had set herself to entrap.
The criminal meant to entrap some one of the race of men in the high hall.
Stratagems were invented (seeing that she really did possess the use of her ears) to entrap her into also using her speech, and failed.
Here, a little knot gathered round a pea and thimble table to watch the plucking of some unhappy greenhorn; and there, another proprietor with his confederates in various disguises--one man in spectacles; another, with an eyeglass and a stylish hat; a third, dressed as a farmer well to do in the world, with his top- coat over his arm and his flash notes in a large leathern pocket- book; and all with heavy-handled whips to represent most innocent country fellows who had trotted there on horseback--sought, by loud and noisy talk and pretended play, to entrap some unwary customer, while the gentlemen confederates (of more villainous aspect still, in clean linen and good clothes), betrayed their close interest in the concern by the anxious furtive glance they cast on all new comers.