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verb [transitive] trap pronunciation in British English /træp/
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I/you/we/theytrap
he/she/ittraps
present participletrapping
past tensetrapped
past participletrapped
  1. 1
    [usually passive] to prevent someone from leaving a place, especially a dangerous place
    Both men were trapped inside the burning car.
    The bomb exploded, trapping victims in the building.
    1. a.
      to prevent a part of someones body from moving by pressing it hard
      His legs were trapped under fallen rocks.
  2. 2
    [always passive] to be unable to change a bad situation or way of thinking
    I felt trapped by my marriage.
    They are trapped in a cycle of violence.
  3. 3
    to catch someone such as a criminal, especially by forcing them into a place that they cannot escape from
    Police officers trapped both suspects before they left the bank.
  4. 4
    to trick someone in order to make them do or say something that they did not want to do or say
    trap someone into (doing) something: I was trapped into admitting I had lied.
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  5. 5
    to keep something such as air, gas, or energy in a particular place
    Carbon dioxide causes the Earth’s atmosphere to trap heat.
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