Definitions of entrap

  1. take or catch as if in a snare or trap; " I was set up!"; " The innocent man was framed by the police"
  2. catch in or as if in a trap; " The men trap foxes"
  3. 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; as, to be entrapped by the devices of evil men.
  4. To catch; entangle: inveigle; ensnare.
  5. To catch as in a trap; to insnare: to entangle.
  6. To catch in a trap; insnare.
  7. To catch in or as in a trap; ensnare.
  8. To catch, as in a trap; to ensnare; to catch by artifices; to involve in difficulties or contradictions.
  9. To ensnare; to inveigle; to catch as in a trap; to entangle.

Usage examples for entrap

  1. In all her Scottish wanderings, her thoughts never once went back to him; though a hundred chance words and associations tempted her, though a thousand memories assailed her, though some trick of his face in the faces of other people, though some tone of his voice in the voices of strangers, perpetually offered to entrap her. – John Marchmont's Legacy, Volume I (of 3) by Mary E. Braddon
  2. Several of the men present had taken him into their confidence, and he had encouraged them to do so, not that he wanted to entrap them, or that he intended to do so, but in order to obtain a clew through them as to the hiding place of the man he was in search of. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  3. Now is the time for the decoy ducks to entrap the others. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  4. Once a Targhee received some money, which a woman thus employed offered to him, to entrap him. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  5. I am anxious to see the plan to entrap Chase at once set in operation. – The Expressman and the Detective by Allan Pinkerton
  6. Detectives and the local police had been set to work on the mysterious plot whose object had been to entrap the boy. – The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise by Margaret Burnham
  7. He trusts in his own might that none can encounter with him; let see if we may not entrap him." – Stories from Le Morte D'Arthur and the Mabinogion by Beatrice Clay
  8. We will soon entrap the rascals. – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  9. " It is the fortune of war," he said; 29 and, if we may credit the Spaniards, he expressed his admiration of the adroitness with which they had contrived to entrap him in the midst of his own troops. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru by Prescott, William Hickling
  10. Moreover, our adventure has made a good deal of noise, and the irrepressible laughter of the people at the absurd way in which we have read a lesson to Splendiano and Capuzzi has roused the police out of their light slumber, and they, you may be sure, will now exert all their feeble efforts to entrap us. – Weird Tales. Vol. I by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  11. The compliments and admiration which he had received from other girls as to his music, his singing, or some other of his accomplishments had always aroused the suspicion in his mind that such words were for the wealthy Egon von Ernau, uttered to flatter his vanity, to entrap him. – Quicksands by Adolph Streckfuss
  12. A caravel, recently arrived from the city of San Domingo with supplies for the camp, was employed by Esquibel to entrap the cacique. – The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II) by Washington Irving
  13. Besides the lesser delinquencies of filling his purse by the sale of honours and dignities, by violent ejectments from land, fraudulent titles, rapacious enclosures of commons, by taking bribes for matters of justice, grace, and supplication to the royal authority, he was accused of forging various letters to the Queen, often to ruin his political adversaries, and of plottings to entrap them into conspiracies, playing first the comrade and then the informer. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  14. There was nothing for it but to put his best foot forward, now he was caught for the event, but he vowed it would require more than ordinary skill to entrap him for another similar occasion. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  15. In a search made in their house, bad money to the amount of three thousand livres was discovered; which they had received the day before from a man who called himself a merchant from Paris, but who was a police spy sent to entrap them. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  16. This it is for a vile spy to go round the country with some lumbering men- at- arms, seeking to entrap a poor young lad to his destruction. – A Boy's Ride by Gulielma Zollinger
  17. At this time the Portuguese made another attempt to entrap our men on shore, for they did not dare to attack us at sea. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII. by Robert Kerr
  18. After his failure to entrap Queen Elena last night, and the King's anger consequent upon his accusation, his position was an extremely difficult one. – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  19. Pecquius considered that the King had tried to get him into a net, and to entrap him into the avowal of a promise which he had never made. – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I. by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009