If you entrap someone, you entangle or snare them, as if you'd caught them in a trap. Your family might entrap you in their elaborate summer plans, despite your wish to take a vacation all by yourself.

The expectations of other people — or your own high standards — can entrap you into the feeling you should always do well in school or pursue material success. Another way one person might entrap another is more deliberate, by setting a trap or playing a trick. A police officer might entrap a suspect, persuading him to commit a crime in order to make an arrest. The Old French root is entraper, "catch in a trap."

Definitions of entrap

v take or catch as if in a snare or trap

ensnare, frame, set up
Type of:
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
be false to; be dishonest with

v catch in or as if in a trap

ensnare, snare, trammel, trap
trap with a snare
Type of:
capture, catch
capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

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