Betray definition

bĭ-trā
To be false or disloyal to.

Betrayed a cause; betray one's spouse.

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To break faith with; fail to meet the hopes of.

He betrayed my trust in him.

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To make known unintentionally.

Her hollow laugh betrayed her contempt for the idea.

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To reveal or show signs of; indicate.

The house betrays its age.

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To divulge in a breach of confidence.

Betray a secret.

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To lead astray; deceive; specif., to seduce and then desert.
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To deliver into the hands of an enemy by treachery or fraud, in violation of trust; to give up treacherously or faithlessly; as, an officer betrayed the city.
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To disclose (secret information, confidential plans, etc.)
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To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known.
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To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.
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To show or to indicate; -- said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed.
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To reveal unknowingly or against one's wishes.

His face betrays his fear.

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To prove faithless or treacherous to, as to a trust or one who trusts; to be false to; to deceive; as, to betray a person or a cause.
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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.

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To lead astray; deceive.
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To give aid or information to an enemy of; commit treason against.

Betray one's country.

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To inform upon or deliver into the hands of an enemy in violation of a trust or allegiance.
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To help the enemy of (one's country, cause, etc.); be a traitor to.
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To deliver or expose to an enemy traitorously.
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To disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally; to bewray.
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To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin.
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Origin of betray

  • Middle English bitrayen bi- be- trayen to betray (from Old French trair) (from Latin trādere to hand over tradition)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English betrayen, betraien, equivalent to be- +‎ tray (“to betray”), from Old French traïr (“to commit treason, betray”), from Latin trādere, present active infinitive of trādō (“deliver, give over”, verb). In some senses, merged with or influenced by Middle English bewraien, bewreyen (“to reveal, divulge”), see bewray. Compare also traitor, treason, tradition.

    From Wiktionary