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[træp] verb [T] I
1) to prevent someone from leaving a place
Both men were trapped inside the burning car.[/ex]
The bomb exploded, trapping victims in the building.[/ex]
2) to make someone unable to change a bad situation or way of thinking
The two communities are trapped in a cycle of violence.[/ex]
I felt trapped by my marriage.[/ex]
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.[/ex]
4) to catch an animal using a trap
5) to trick someone in order to make them do or say something that they did not mean to do
I was trapped into admitting I had lied.[/ex]
II
noun [C]
trap [træp]
1) a piece of equipment that is used for catching animals
We set traps for the mice.[/ex]
2) a bad situation that is difficult to change or escape from
He was caught in a trap of poverty.[/ex]
3) a trick that is designed to catch someone or make them do something that they did not mean to do
We didn't know that we were walking straight into a trap.[/ex]
4) a mistake or problem that you should try to avoid
I fell into the trap of putting work before family.[/ex]
See:
death trap

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  • trap — trap1 [trap] n. [ME trappe < OE træppe, akin to treppan, to step, Ger treppe, stairway < IE * dreb , to run, step, trip (var. of base * drā ) > Pol drabina, ladder] 1. any device for catching animals, as one that snaps shut tightly when… …   English World dictionary

  • Trap — Trap, v. t. [AS. treppan. See {Trap} a snare.] [1913 Webster] 1. To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To insnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap. I trapped the foe. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To provide with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trap — Trap, n. [OE. trappe, AS. treppe; akin to OD. trappe, OHG. trapo; probably fr. the root of E. tramp, as that which is trod upon: cf. F. trappe, which is trod upon: cf. F. trappe, which perhaps influenced the English word.] 1. A machine or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trap — Trap, n. [Sw. trapp; akin to trappa stairs, Dan. trappe, G. treppe, D. trap; so called because the rocks of this class often occur in large, tabular masses, rising above one another, like steps. See {Tramp}.] (Geol.) An old term rather loosely… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trap — s.n., interj. 1. s.n. Mers în fugă al calului, cu viteză mijlocie (între pas şi galop), animalul păşind în acelaşi timp cu un picior din faţă şi cu piciorul de dinapoi opus acestuia. ♦ Zgomot făcut de un cal care merge în acest fel. 2. interj.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Trap — Trap, a. Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trap — Trap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trapping}.] [Akin to OE. trappe trappings, and perhaps from an Old French word of the same origin as E. drab a kind of cloth.] To dress with ornaments; to adorn; said especially of horses.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trap — Trap, v. i. To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trap — [n] snare, trick allurement, ambuscade, ambush, artifice, bait, booby trap*, come on*, conspiracy, deception, decoy, device, dragnet, enticement, feint, gambit, hook*, intrigue, inveiglement, lasso*, lure, machination, maneuver, net, noose,… …   New thesaurus

  • TRAP — (Abkz.) steht für Telomeric Repeat Amplification Protocol. Die TRAP Methode ist ein molekularbiologisches Nachweisverfahren zur quantitativen Bestimmung der Aktivität des Enzyms Telomerase. Methode Das Gewebe oder die Zellen, bei denen die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Trap — ist eine Disziplin des Wurfscheibenschießens, bei der die Scheibe vom Schützen wegfliegt ein molekularbiologisches Nachweisverfahren, siehe TRAP eine spezielle Ausnahme oder Ausnahmesituation bzw. Ausnahmebehandlung (engl. exception) in der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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