Ensnare \En*snare"\, v. t. To catch in a snare. See {Insnare}. [1913 Webster]

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  • ensnare — I verb allure, ambuscade, ambush, apprehend, bait, bamboozle, beguile, bilk, bluff, capere, capture, catch, catch unprepared, cheat, cozen, deceive, decoy, defraud, delude, dupe, enmesh, entangle, entice, entrap, fool, gull, hoax, hoodwink, hook …   Law dictionary

  • ensnare — 1570s, from EN (Cf. en ) (1) make, put in + SNARE (Cf. snare). Related: Ensnared; ensnaring …   Etymology dictionary

  • ensnare — snare, entrap, trap, bag, *catch, capture Analogous words: *lure, entice, inveigle, decoy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ensnare — [v] trap bag*, bat eyes at*, capture, catch, cheat, come on, deceive, decoy, embroil, enmesh, entangle, entice, entrap, hook, inveigle, lure, mislead, net, rope in, snag, snare, snarl, suck in*, tangle, trick; concepts 59,90 Ant. free, let go,… …   New thesaurus

  • ensnare — ► VERB ▪ catch in or as in a trap. DERIVATIVES ensnarement noun …   English terms dictionary

  • ensnare — [en sner′, insner′] vt. ensnared, ensnaring to catch in or as in a snare; trap ensnarement n …   English World dictionary

  • ensnare — [[t]ɪnsne͟ə(r)[/t]] ensnares, ensnaring, ensnared 1) VERB If you ensnare someone, you gain power over them, especially by using dishonest or deceitful methods. [V n] Feminism is simply another device to ensnare women... [V ed] We find ourselves… …   English dictionary

  • ensnare — UK [ɪnˈsneə(r)] / US [ɪnˈsner] verb [transitive] Word forms ensnare : present tense I/you/we/they ensnare he/she/it ensnares present participle ensnaring past tense ensnared past participle ensnared formal 1) if a bad situation ensnares someone,… …   English dictionary

  • ensnare — ensnarement, n. ensnarer, n. ensnaringly, adv. /en snair /, v.t., ensnared, ensnaring. to capture in, or involve as in, a snare: to be ensnared by lies; to ensnare birds. Also, insnare. [1585 95; EN 1 + SNARE1] Syn. entrap, entangle, enmesh. Ant …   Universalium

  • ensnare — en|snare [ınˈsneə US ˈsner] v [T] 1.) formal to trap someone in an unpleasant or illegal situation, from which they cannot escape ensnare in ▪ Young girls were ensnared in prostitution rings. 2.) to catch an animal in a trap …   Dictionary of contemporary English