trap Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “trap” in the English Dictionary

"trap" in British English

See all translations


uk   us   /træp/


B2 [C] a ​device or ​hole for ​catchinganimals or ​people and ​preventingtheirescape: The ​fox got ​itsfoot caught in a trap.B2 [S] a ​dangerous or ​unpleasantsituation which you have got into and from which it is ​difficult or ​impossible to ​escape: The ​undercoveragents went to the ​rendezvousknowing that it might be a trap. She's too ​smart to fall into the trap of ​working without ​pay.
More examples

trap noun (MOUTH)

[C] slang a ​mouth: Oh, shutyour trap (= ​stoptalking) - I don't ​want to ​hear it ​anymore! It's a ​secret, so keepyour trapshut (= don't say anything about it).

trap noun (VEHICLE)

[C] a ​light carriage with two ​wheelspulled by a ​horse, used ​especially in the past

trapverb [T]

uk   us   /træp/ (-pp-)
to ​catch an ​animal in a trap: She ​survived in the ​wilderness by ​eatingberries and trapping ​smallanimals and ​birds. to ​keep something such as ​heat or ​water in one ​place, ​especially because it is ​useful: A ​greenhousestayswarm because the ​glass traps the ​heat of the ​ trapped B2 If someone or something is trapped, that ​person or thing is ​unable to ​move or ​escape from a ​place or ​situation: The two men ​died when they were trapped in a ​burningbuilding. Fire ​officers used ​cuttingequipment to ​free his ​legs, which were trapped under a ​steelbeam.figurative Jack ​left the ​job after ten ​years because he was ​beginning to feel trapped into (doing) sth to be ​forced or ​tricked into doing something that you do not ​want to do: In his ​book, Holden ​speculates that Shakespeare was an ​unfaithfulhusband who was trapped into ​marriage. She had been trapped into saying something she did not ​mean. to ​bring a ​football that is ​moving or ​falling through the ​air under ​control using ​yourfeet: In ​training, we get ​players to ​practise trapping the ​ball from ​awkwardangles.
More examples
(Definition of trap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trap" in American English

See all translations

trapnoun [C]

 us   /træp/


a ​device or ​hole for ​catching and ​holding things: A ​bear was ​caught in the trap. A trap is also a ​badsituation from which it is ​difficult or ​impossible to ​escape: Simply by ​answering the ​letter, Robin had ​fallen into a trap.

trap noun [C] (MOUTH)

slang a ​mouth: Oh, ​shutyour trap!
verb [T]  us   /træp/ (-pp-)
Morrison was trapped by the ​fire.
(Definition of trap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “trap”
in Korean 덫…
in Arabic فَخّ…
in Malaysian perangkap…
in French piège…
in Russian ловушка, капкан…
in Chinese (Traditional) 防止逃走的物件, 陷阱, 夾子…
in Italian trappola…
in Turkish tuzak, kapan, kurtulması zor ve tehlikeli durum…
in Polish pułapka…
in Spanish trampa…
in Vietnamese cái bẫy, kế hoạch để bẫy…
in Portuguese armadilha, cilada…
in Thai กับดัก, กลอุบาย…
in German die Falle…
in Catalan trampa…
in Japanese わな…
in Chinese (Simplified) 防止逃走的物件, 陷阱, 夹子…
in Indonesian perangkap, jebakan…
What is the pronunciation of trap?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“trap” in American English

Word of the Day

be nothing short of

used to emphasize a situation, quality, or type of behaviour

Word of the Day

Coffee culture
Coffee culture
by Colin McIntosh,
November 24, 2015
In a study published recently and widely reported in the media, researchers from Harvard University School of Public Health found that people who drink a moderate amount of coffee per day are less likely to die from a range of diseases. Good news for coffee drinkers, who make up an ever-increasing proportion

Read More 

climatarian adjective
climatarian adjective
November 23, 2015
choosing to eat a diet that has minimal impact on the climate, i.e. one that excludes food transported a long way or meat whose production gives rise to CO2 emissions Climate change is not normally on people’s minds when they choose what to have for lunch, but a new diet is calling for

Read More