- To betray is to be disloyal, to reveal secrets, or to reveal your location to an enemy.
- An example of betray is when you cheat on your spouse.
- An example of betray is when you tell secrets and betray trust.
- An example of betray is when you sneeze and your enemy is then able to find you.
- to help the enemy of (one's country, cause, etc.); be a traitor to
- to deliver or expose to an enemy traitorously
- to break faith with; fail to meet the hopes of: he betrayed my trust in him
- to lead astray; deceive; specif., to seduce and then desert
- to reveal unknowingly or against one's wishes: his face betrays his fear
- to reveal or show signs of; indicate: the house betrays its age
- to disclose (secret information, confidential plans, etc.)
Origin: Middle English bitraien ; from be-, intensive plush traien, betray ; from Old French trair ; from Classical Latin tradere, to hand over: see treason
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transitive verb be·trayed, be·tray·ing, be·trays
- a. To give aid or information to an enemy of; commit treason against: betray one's country.b. To deliver into the hands of an enemy in violation of a trust or allegiance: betrayed Christ to the Romans.
- To be false or disloyal to: betrayed their cause; betray one's better nature.
- To divulge in a breach of confidence: betray a secret.
- To make known unintentionally: Her hollow laugh betrayed her contempt for the idea.
- To reveal against one's desire or will.
- To lead astray; deceive. See Synonyms at deceive.
Origin: Middle English bitrayen : bi-, be- + trayen, to betray (from Old French trair, from Latin trādere, to hand over; see tradition).
- be·trayˈal noun
- be·trayˈer noun