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verb [transitive] trap pronunciation in British English /træp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletrapping
past tensetrapped
past participletrapped
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  1. 2
    [always passive] to be unable to change a bad situation or way of thinking

    They are trapped in a cycle of violence.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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