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1 take or catch as if in a snare or trap; "I was set up!"; "The innocent man was framed by the police" [syn: entrap, frame, set up]
2 catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes" [syn: trap, entrap, snare, trammel]

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  1. To entrap; to catch in a snare or trap.
    • 2005: Plato, Sophist, Translation by Lesley Brown, 250d-e,
      When we were asked to what one should apply the name “what is not”, we were ensnared in total paradox. Remember?
  2. To entangle; to enmesh.

Related terms


To snare, to catch through a snare or trap
To entangle

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