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English Dictionary: betray by the DICT Development Group
2 results for betray
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
betray
v
  1. reveal unintentionally; "Her smile betrayed her true feelings"
    Synonym(s): betray, bewray
  2. deliver to an enemy by treachery; "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"
    Synonym(s): betray, sell
  3. 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"
    Synonym(s): fail, betray
  4. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?"
    Synonym(s): cheat on, cheat, cuckold, betray, wander
  5. give away information about somebody; "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
    Synonym(s): denounce, tell on, betray, give away, rat, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stag
  6. cause someone to believe an untruth; "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
    Synonym(s): deceive, betray, lead astray
    Antonym(s): undeceive
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Betray \Be*tray"\ (b[esl]*tr[amac]"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
      {Betrayed} (-tr[amac]d"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Betraying}.] [OE.
      betraien, bitraien; pref. be- + OF. tra[8b]r to betray, F.
      trahir, fr. L. tradere. See {Traitor}.]
      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.
  
                     Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be
                     betrayed into the hands of men.         --Matt. xvii.
                                                                              22.
  
      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.
  
                     But when I rise, I shall find my legs betraying me.
                                                                              --Johnson.
  
      3. To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or
            that which one is bound in honor not to make known.
  
                     Willing to serve or betray any government for hire.
                                                                              --Macaulay.
  
      4. To disclose or discover, as something which prudence would
            conceal; to reveal unintentionally.
  
                     Be swift to hear, but cautious of your tongue, lest
                     you betray your ignorance.                  --T. Watts.
  
      5. To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to
            lead into error or sin.
  
                     Genius . . . often betrays itself into great errors.
                                                                              --T. Watts.
  
      6. To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under promise
            of marriage) and then abandon.
  
      7. To show or to indicate; -- said of what is not obvious at
            first, or would otherwise be concealed.
  
                     All the names in the country betray great antiquity.
                                                                              --Bryant.
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