Betray meaning

bĭ-trā'
To divulge in a breach of confidence.

Betray a secret.

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To lead astray; deceive.
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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; deceive; specif., to seduce and then desert.
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To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin.
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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 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 reveal unknowingly or against one's wishes.

His face betrays his fear.

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To disclose (secret information, confidential plans, etc.)
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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 make known unintentionally.

Her hollow laugh betrayed her contempt for the idea.

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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 disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally; to bewray.
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To reveal or show signs of; indicate.

The house betrays its age.

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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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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