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Definitions of betray

  1. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under promise of marriage) and then abandon. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To show or to indicate; - said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To give over into the hands of an enemy by treachery; as, Judas betrayed his Master for thirty pieces of silver; to fail to be true to through fraud or unfaithfulness; as, to betray a trust; to disclose, as a secret; to deceive; to indicate or show; as, his manner betrays uneasiness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To give up treacherously: to disclose in breach of trust: to discover or show. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To deliver up treacherously; disclose in breach of trust; entrap; reveal. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To reveal unintentionally; show signs of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. To deliver into the hands of an enemy by treachery or breach of trust; to prove unfaithful to, as a trust; to disclose treacherously what has been instrusted for secrecy; to expose to injury by violation of confidence; to deceive; to mislead; to discover; to show. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. To give into the hands of an enemy by treachery; to be unfaithful to a friend; to violate trust or confidence; to mislead; to entrap. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Betraying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Betrayal, betrayer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Betrayer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Betrayed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for betray

  1. I won't betray Kathleen O'Hara." – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  2. He would not betray the fact that he believed something was wrong. – Children of the Desert by Louis Dodge
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