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The word ‘ensnare’ can refer to catching something in a literal trap, such as an animal, or a figurative one. It is in the figurative sense that it is most commonly used, emphasizing gaining power or control over somebody, particularly through deceitful means. The word also implies great difficulty in getting out of your current predicament.
Paul is a very unscrupulous businessman. He’s always trying to ensnare people in one of his dodgy schemes.
I have recently found myself ensnared in a number of legal disputes which have drained my finances considerably.
The farmer laid a number of large traps to try and ensnare any will animal attacking his chickens.