Definitions of betray

  1. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; " She cheats on her husband"; " Might her husband be wandering?"
  2. give away information about somebody; " He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
  3. cause someone to believe an untruth; " The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
  4. reveal unintentionally; " Her smile betrayed her true feelings"
  5. 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"
  6. deliver to an enemy by treachery; " Judas sold Jesus"; " The spy betrayed his country"
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known.
  10. To disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally.
  11. To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin.
  12. To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce ( as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.
  13. Betrayal.
  14. To show or to indicate; - said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed.
  15. 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.
  16. Betrayal, betrayer.
  17. Betrayed.
  18. Betraying.
  19. To give up treacherously: to disclose in breach of trust: to discover or show.
  20. To deliver up treacherously; disclose in breach of trust; entrap; reveal.
  21. To deliver up or disclose treacherously; lead astray; seduce.
  22. To reveal unintentionally; show signs of.
  23. Betrayer.
  24. 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.
  25. 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. But he doubted if the Indians would betray his friendship. – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  2. 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
  3. Hold, Sir, put out the Light, it may betray us else. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  4. 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
  5. Would they betray us and never return? – An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet by A. Henry Savage Landor
  6. He would not betray the fact that he believed something was wrong. – Children of the Desert by Louis Dodge
  7. 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.
  8. I felt my heart sink and dreaded lest I should betray my feelings. –  by
  9. I won't betray Kathleen O'Hara." – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  10. The housekeeper had not meant to betray herself. – Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery by Joan Clark
  11. 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
  12. She must not betray her father. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  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. You are my own sister, and you must not betray me. – Girls of the Forest by L. T. Meade
  15. To lie and betray came natural to the man I knew. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  16. 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
  17. Will you betray us? – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  18. 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
  19. If you choose to betray me I must take the consequence. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. Why do you betray your own side? – The Chouans by Honore de Balzac