Definitions for betraybɪˈtreɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. betray, bewray(verb)

    reveal unintentionally

    "Her smile betrayed her true feelings"

  2. betray, sell(verb)

    deliver to an enemy by treachery

    "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"

  3. fail, betray(verb)

    disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake

    "His sense of smell failed him this time"; "His strength finally failed him"; "His children failed him in the crisis"

  4. cheat on, cheat, cuckold, betray, wander(verb)

    be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage

    "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?"

  5. denounce, tell on, betray, give away, rat, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stag(verb)

    give away information about somebody

    "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"

  6. deceive, betray, lead astray(verb)

    cause someone to believe an untruth

    "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"

Wiktionary

  1. betray(Verb)

    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.

  2. betray(Verb)

    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.

  3. betray(Verb)

    To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known.

  4. betray(Verb)

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

  5. betray(Verb)

    To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin.

  6. betray(Verb)

    To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.

  7. betray(Verb)

    To show or to indicate; -- said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed.

  8. Origin: From betrayen, betraien, equivalent to , from traïr, from tradere, present active infinitive of trado. In some senses, merged with or influenced by bewraien, bewreyen, see bewray. Compare also traitor, treason, tradition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Betray(verb)

    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

  2. Betray(verb)

    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

  3. Betray(verb)

    to violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known

  4. Betray(verb)

    to disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally

  5. Betray(verb)

    to mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin

  6. Betray(verb)

    to lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under promise of marriage) and then abandon

  7. Betray(verb)

    to show or to indicate; -- said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed


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