What does betray mean?

Definitions for betray
bɪˈtreɪbe·tray

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. betray, bewrayverb

    reveal unintentionally

    "Her smile betrayed her true feelings"

  2. betray, sellverb

    deliver to an enemy by treachery

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

  3. fail, betrayverb

    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, wanderverb

    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, stagverb

    give away information about somebody

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

  6. deceive, betray, lead astrayverb

    cause someone to believe an untruth

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

Wiktionary

  1. betrayverb

    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. betrayverb

    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. betrayverb

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

  4. betrayverb

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

  5. betrayverb

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

  6. betrayverb

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

  7. betrayverb

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

  8. Etymology: 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. Betrayverb

    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. Betrayverb

    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. Betrayverb

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

  4. Betrayverb

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

  5. Betrayverb

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

  6. Betrayverb

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

  7. Betrayverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Betray

    be-trā′, v.t. to give up treacherously: to disclose in breach of trust: to let go basely or weakly: to deceive the innocent and trustful, to seduce: to discover or show: to show signs of.—ns. Betray′al, act of betraying; Betray′er, a traitor, the seducer of a trustful girl. [Pfx. be-, and O. Fr. traïr (Fr. trahir)—L. tradĕre, to deliver up.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. betray

    To deliver perfidiously any place or body of troops into the hands of the enemy. To discover that which has been intrusted to secrecy.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of betray in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of betray in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of betray in a Sentence

  1. Jukka Mäki-Turja:

    My heart has yet to betray me, but my mind, sharp as it is, does it constantly.

  2. Jim Pasco:

    Unfortunately, tragically, he apparently saw fit to betray his trust and no police officer can excuse that, it's bigger than just him. All police officers take an oath to uphold the law and no one is happy or anything other than disappointed when someone fails to uphold that oath.

  3. Benjamin Strauss:

    World leaders have a fleeting opportunity to help or betray the future of humanity with their actions today on climate change, climate Impact Research in Germany and the images created from Climate Impact Research in Germany illustrate the enormous stakes behind the climate talks in Glasgow.

  4. Bobi Wine:

    Many of our people will betray us, many of them will be tortured, others will die on the way and a few of us will wear the victor's crown - Bobi Wine

  5. Joe Biden:

    Putin's actions betray his sinister vision for the future of our world, one where nations take what they want by force. But it is a vision that the United States and freedom-loving nations everywhere will oppose with every tool of our considerable power.

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