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Meaning & Definition of Trap in English

English

Trap

/træp/

noun

1. A device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned

    synonym:
  • trap

2. Drain consisting of a u-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas

    synonym:
  • trap

3. Something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares

  • "The exam was full of trap questions"
  • "It was all a snare and delusion"
    synonym:
  • trap
  • ,
  • snare

4. A device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters

    synonym:
  • trap

5. The act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

    synonym:
  • ambush
  • ,
  • ambuscade
  • ,
  • lying in wait
  • ,
  • trap

6. Informal terms for the mouth

    synonym:
  • trap
  • ,
  • cakehole
  • ,
  • hole
  • ,
  • maw
  • ,
  • yap
  • ,
  • gob

7. A light two-wheeled carriage

    synonym:
  • trap

8. A hazard on a golf course

    synonym:
  • bunker
  • ,
  • sand trap
  • ,
  • trap

verb

1. Place in a confining or embarrassing position

  • "He was trapped in a difficult situation"
    synonym:
  • trap
  • ,
  • pin down

2. Catch in or as if in a trap

  • "The men trap foxes"
    synonym:
  • trap
  • ,
  • entrap
  • ,
  • snare
  • ,
  • ensnare
  • ,
  • trammel

3. Hold or catch as if in a trap

  • "The gaps between the teeth trap food particles"
    synonym:
  • trap

4. To hold fast or prevent from moving

  • "The child was pinned under the fallen tree"
    synonym:
  • trap
  • ,
  • pin
  • ,
  • immobilize
  • ,
  • immobilise

Examples of using

We should set a trap.
Don't grow up. It's a trap!
Tom set a trap.