trap2 S3 past tense and past participle trapped, present participle trapping [transitive]
to prevent someone from escaping from somewhere, especially a dangerous place:
in a dangerous place[usually passive]
Twenty miners were trapped underground.
Dozens of people were trapped in the rubble when the building collapsed.
There's no way out! We're trapped!
to be in a bad situation from which you cannot escape
in a bad situation
be/feel trapped in
Julia felt trapped in her role of wife and mother.
to catch an animal or bird using a trap
to catch someone by forcing them into a place from which they cannot escape:
The police trapped the terrorists at a roadblock.
to trick someone so that you make them do or say something that they did not intend to
trap somebody into (doing) something
I was trapped into signing a confession.
to get a part of your body crushed between two objects [= pinch American English]
Mind you don't trap your fingers in the door.
pain from a trapped nerve
to prevent something such as gas or water from getting away:
solar panels that trap the sun's heat