Definition of “snare” - English Dictionary

“snare” in British English

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snarenoun [ C ]

uk /sneər/ us /sner/

a device for catching small animals and birds, usually with a rope or wire that tightens around the animal

a trick or situation that deceives you or involves you in some problem that you do not know about:

The legal system is full of snares for those who are not wary.

snareverb [ T ]

uk /sneər/ us /sner/

to catch an animal using a snare:

We used to snare small birds such as sparrows and robins.
figurative She grew up in the days when a woman's main aim was to snare a rich husband.

(Definition of “snare” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“snare” in American English

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snarenoun [ C ]

us /sneər/

a device for catching small animals, usually with a rope or wire that tightens around the animal

A snare is also a trick or situation that deceives you or involves you unexpectedly in a problem:

The legal system is full of snares for the unwary.

snareverb [ T ]

us /sner, snær/

to get or achieve something that is difficult to get:

Arriving in Nashville, she had hopes of snaring a country-music record contract.

(Definition of “snare” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)