Entrap Definition

entrapped, entrapping, entraps
entrapped, entrapping, entraps
To catch in or as in a trap.
Webster's New World
To deceive or trick into difficulty, as into incriminating oneself.
Webster's New World
To induce (someone) into performing an otherwise uncontemplated criminal act for the sole purpose of providing the basis for a prosecution.
American Heritage

To lure someone, either into a dangerous situation, or into performing an illegal act.


Origin of Entrap

  • French entraper from Old French en- in en–1 trape trap (of Germanic origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French entraper (“catch in a trap”), see en- +‎ trap

    From Wiktionary

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