Entrap

  • 1 entrap — en·trap /in trap/ vt en·trapped, en·trap·ping: to cause (a person) to commit a crime by means of undue persuasion, encouragement, or fraud in order to later prosecute police entrap him into violating the literal terms of a criminal statute W. R.… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Entrap — En*trap , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Entrapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Entrapping}.] [Pref. en + trap: cf. OF. entraper.] 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 entrap — 1530s, intrappe, from O.Fr. entraper trap, catch in a trap; see EN (Cf. en ) (1) + TRAP (Cf. trap). Related: Entrapped; entrapping …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 entrap — trap, snare, ensnare, bag, *catch, capture Analogous words: seize, *take, clutch: *lure, inveigle, decoy, entice …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 entrap — [v] capture, involve allure, bag*, beguile, benet, box in*, catch, decoy, embroil, enmesh, ensnare, entangle, entice, hook, implicate, inveigle, lay for*, lead on, lure, net, reel in*, rope in*, seduce, set up, snare, suck in*, tempt, trap,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 entrap — ► VERB (entrapped, entrapping) 1) catch in a trap. 2) (of a police officer) deceive (someone) into committing a crime in order to secure their prosecution. DERIVATIVES entrapment noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 entrap — [en trap′, intrap′] vt. entrapped, entrapping [OFr entraper] 1. to catch in or as in a trap 2. to deceive or trick into difficulty, as into incriminating oneself entrapment n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 entrap — v. (D; tr.) to entrap in, into * * * [ɪn træp] into (D;tr.) to entrap in …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 entrap — [[t]ɪntræ̱p[/t]] entraps, entrapping, entrapped VERB If you entrap someone, you trick or deceive them and make them believe or do something wrong. [FORMAL] [V n] The police have been given extra powers to entrap drug traffickers... [V n] He… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 entrap — UK [ɪnˈtræp] / US verb [transitive] Word forms entrap : present tense I/you/we/they entrap he/she/it entraps present participle entrapping past tense entrapped past participle entrapped a) to put someone in a dangerous situation that is difficult …

    English dictionary

  • 11 entrap — entrapper, n. entrappingly, adv. /en trap /, v.t., entrapped, entrapping. 1. to catch in or as in a trap; ensnare: The hunters used nets to entrap the lion. 2. to bring unawares into difficulty or danger: He entrapped himself in the web of his… …

    Universalium

  • 12 entrap — en|trap [ınˈtræp] v past tense and past participle entrapped present participle entrapping [T] formal to trap someone or something, or make it impossible for them to escape from a situation, especially by tricking them ▪ He felt that she was… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 entrap — verb (T) formal to trap someone, especially by tricking or deceiving them: cunning and devious questions intended to entrap her …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 entrap — verb 1) fishing lines can entrap wildlife Syn: trap, snare, snag, ensnare, entangle, enmesh; catch, capture 2) he was entrapped by an undercover policeman Syn: entice, lure, inveigle; …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 entrap — To catch, to entrap, to ensnare; hence, to catch by artifice. To involve in difficulties or distresses; to catch or involve in contradictions …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 16 entrap — transitive verb Etymology: Middle French entraper, from en + trape trap Date: 1534 1. to catch in or as if in a trap 2. to lure into a compromising statement or act Synonyms: see catch …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 entrap — verb a) To catch something in a trap or snare. b) To lure someone, either into a dangerous situation, or into performing an illegal act …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 entrap — Synonyms and related words: allure, bag, bait, bait the hook, birdlime, burden, catch, catch out, catch up, cramp, cripple, cumber, decoy, embarrass, encumber, enmesh, ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entice, entoil, entrammel, entwine, enweb, fetter …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 entrap — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. See ensnare. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To catch] Syn. ensnare, capture, trap, decoy; see ambush , catch 1 , 2 , entangle . 2. [To lure into difficulty] Syn. inveigle, trick, seduce; see deceive ,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 entrap — en|trap [ ın træp ] verb transitive to put someone in a dangerous situation that is difficult to escape from a. to trick someone into doing something wrong …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English