Definitions of betray

  1. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; " She cheats on her husband"; " Might her husband be wandering?"
  2. cause someone to believe an untruth; " The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
  3. reveal unintentionally; " Her smile betrayed her true feelings"
  4. 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"
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known.
  8. To disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally.
  9. To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin.
  10. To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce ( as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.
  11. Betrayal.
  12. To show or to indicate; - said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed.
  13. 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.
  14. Betrayal, betrayer.
  15. Betrayed.
  16. Betraying.
  17. To give up treacherously: to disclose in breach of trust: to discover or show.
  18. To deliver up treacherously; disclose in breach of trust; entrap; reveal.
  19. To reveal unintentionally; show signs of.
  20. Betrayer.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.

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
  3. Does he think I could betray him for any one else? – Plays A Protégée of the Mistress; Poverty Is No Crime; Sin and Sorrow Are Common to All; It's a Family Affair--We'll Settle It Ourselves by Alexander Ostrovsky
  4. She said gently: " Listen; I've come all this way looking for Pierre, but not to harm him or to betray him, I'm his friend. – Riders of the Silences by Max Brand
  5. The housekeeper had not meant to betray herself. – Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery by Joan Clark
  6. Hold, Sir, put out the Light, it may betray us else. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  7. But, at the time that this offer came, Jan was waiting on his foster mother, and he refused to betray Abel's trust. – Jan of the Windmill by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  8. Time, or name, or place, I cannot tell thee, lest I betray him, said the old man, Neither is necessary to thy tale. – Darrel of the Blessed Isles by Irving Bacheller
  9. But he doubted if the Indians would betray his friendship. – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  10. Would they betray us and never return? – An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet by A. Henry Savage Landor
  11. She must not betray her father. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  12. Why do you betray your own side? – The Chouans by Honore de Balzac
  13. Tom took Mary in his arms and- But I refuse to betray any secrets. – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  14. If he were not really in danger, or even if he were, why should she betray her feeling before this woman? – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  15. To lie and betray came natural to the man I knew. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  16. If you choose to betray me I must take the consequence. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  17. But a man who will betray a trust is capable of breaking his word to me. – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  18. Will you betray us? – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton