- to catch in or as in a trap
- to deceive or trick into difficulty, as into incriminating oneself
Origin of entrapOld French entraper
transitive verben·trapped, en·trap·ping, en·traps
- To catch in or as if in a trap.
- a. To lure into danger, difficulty, or a compromising situation. See Synonyms at catch.b. Law To induce (someone) into performing an otherwise uncontemplated criminal act for the sole purpose of providing the basis for a prosecution.
Origin of entrapFrench entraper, from Old French : en-, in; see en–1 + trape, trap (of Germanic origin).
(third-person singular simple present entraps, present participle entrapping, simple past and past participle entrapped)
Entrap is a more intense form of trap: see en-.
From Old French entraper (“catch in a trap”), see en- + trap