entrapped; entrapping; entraps

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