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Definition of trap verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trap
    he / she / it traps
    past simple trapped
    -ing form trapping
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    in dangerous/bad situation
  1. 1[often passive] trap somebody (+ adv./prep.) to keep someone in a dangerous place or bad situation that they want to get out of but cannot Help! I'm trapped! They were trapped in the burning building. We became trapped by the rising floodwater. He was trapped in an unhappy marriage. I feel trapped in my job.
  2. catch
  3. 2trap something to catch or keep something in a place and prevent it from escaping, especially so that you can use it Solar panels trap energy from the sun.
  4. 3trap somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) to force someone or something into a place or situation that they cannot escape from, especially in order to catch them The escaped prisoners were eventually trapped in an underground garage and recaptured. Police believe the fingerprints could help trap the killer.
  5. 4trap something to catch an animal in a trap Raccoons used to be trapped for their fur.
  6. trick
  7. 5trap somebody (into something/into doing something) to trick someone into something He felt he had been trapped into accepting the terms of the contract. The police managed to trap him into revealing his true identity.
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