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trap

verb [T]     /træp/ (-pp-)
to catch an animal in a trap: She survived in the forest by eating berries and trapping small animals and birds .Hunting to keep something such as heat or water in one place , especially because it is useful : A greenhouse stays warm because the glass traps the heat of the sun .Keeping and storing things 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 burning building . Fire officers used cutting equipment to free his legs , which were trapped under a steel beam .figurative Jack left the job after ten years because he was beginning to feel trapped.Plotting and trappingPlanning, expecting and arrangingCheating and tricking 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 unfaithful husband who was trapped into marriage . She had been trapped into saying something she did not mean .Causing somebody to actUrging and persuading to bring a football that is moving or falling through the air under control using your feet : In training , we get players to practise trapping the ball from awkward angles .
(Definition of trap verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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