entrap(redirected from entraps)
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tr.v. en·trapped, en·trap·ping, en·traps
1. To catch in or as if in a trap.
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).]
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
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]
Past participle: entrapped
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|Verb||1.||entrap - take or catch as if in a snare or trap; "I was set up!"; "The innocent man was framed by the police"|
|2.||entrap - catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes"|
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"