To catch in a trap; to insnare; hence, to catch, as in a trap, by artifices; to involve in difficulties or distresses; to catch or involve in contradictions; as, to be entrapped by the devices of evil men.
- To catch in or as if in a trap.
- To lure into danger, difficulty, or a compromising situation. See Synonyms at catch.
- To lure into performing a previously or otherwise uncontemplated illegal act.