Definition of ensnare verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ensnare

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsneə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsner//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ensnare
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsneə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsner//
 
he / she / it ensnares
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsneəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsnerz//
 
past simple ensnared
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsneəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsnerd//
 
past participle ensnared
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsneəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsnerd//
 
-ing form ensnaring
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsneərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsnerɪŋ//
 
 
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ensnare somebody/something (formal) to make somebody/something unable to escape from a difficult situation or from a person who wants to control them synonym trap young homeless people who become ensnared in a life of crime She refused to let him ensnare her with his charm. He became ensnared in the complexities of the legal system. Word Origin late 16th cent. (formerly also as insnare): from en-, in- ‘in’ + the noun snare.
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