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"trap" in British English

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trapnoun

uk   /træp/  us   /træp/
  • trap noun (STH THAT PREVENTS ESCAPE)

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.

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  • 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   /træp/  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 ​sun.
be 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.
be 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.

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(Definition of trap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trap" in American English

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trapnoun [C]

 us   /træp/
  • trap noun [C] (DEVICE FOR CATCHING)

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!
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…
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