To ensnare something is to trap it. Instead of using snapping mousetraps, you might try to ensnare the mice in your kitchen and set them free outside.

While you can use the verb ensnare to talk about literally catching something in a trap, it's also useful for more figurative kinds of traps. Your French teacher might try to ensnare you in becoming more involved in the French club, or rush hour traffic might ensnare you as you rush to make it to work on time. The word combines the prefix en, or "put in," and snare, with its Old Norse root snara, "noose or snare."

Definitions of ensnare
  1. verb
    take or catch as if in a snare or trap
    synonyms: entrap, frame, set up
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    type of:
    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
    be false to; be dishonest with
  2. verb
    catch in or as if in a trap
    synonyms: entrap, snare, trammel, trap
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    trap with a snare
    type of:
    capture, catch
    capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
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