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 or as in a trap; ensnare.
  7. To catch, as in a trap; to ensnare; to catch by artifices; to involve in difficulties or contradictions.
  8. To ensnare; to inveigle; to catch as in a trap; to entangle.

Usage examples for entrap

  1. " 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
  2. 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
  3. 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