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

     

    entrap

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtræp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtræp//
     
    [often passive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they entrap
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtræp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtræp//
     
    he / she / it entraps
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtræps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtræps//
     
    past simple entrapped
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtræpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtræpt//
     
    past participle entrapped
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtræpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtræpt//
     
    -ing form entrapping
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtræpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtræpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1entrap somebody/something to put or catch somebody/something in a place or situation from which they cannot escape synonym trap She felt entrapped by her family’s expectations.
  2. 2entrap somebody (into doing something) to trick somebody, and encourage them to do something, especially to commit a crime, so that they can be arrested for it
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Old French entraper, from en- ‘in’ + trappe ‘a trap’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: entrap