Meaning of betray

betray




When you betray someone or something, you provide information whether you mean to do it or not, like the loud growling of your stomach that betrays your hunger or the secret you tell about your friend that betrays her trust.

When you betray someone or something, you reveal something, like a secret or your true feelings. You may betray your impatience, for example, if you sit at your desk tapping your fingers. There is another meaning of betray that is just the opposite: lie. You betray your friend if you pretend that something is true just to trick him into doing what you want. In this case, betray means the same thing as deceive.

Definitions of betray
  1. verb

    deliver to an enemy by treachery

    “The spy
    betrayed his country”
    synonyms:

    sell

    sell

    give up for a price or reward
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    types:

    double cross

    betray by double-dealing
    type of:

    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on

    be false to; be dishonest with

  2. verb

    disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake

    synonyms:

    fail

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    type of:

    disappoint, let down

    fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

  3. verb

    cause someone to believe an untruth

    synonyms:

    deceive, lead astray

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    Antonyms:

    undeceive

    free from deception or illusion
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    impersonate, personate, pose

    pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions
    bamboozle, hoodwink, lead by the nose, play false, pull the wool over someone’s eyes, snow

    conceal one’s true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
    befool, cod, dupe, fool, gull, put on, put one across, put one over, slang, take in

    fool or hoax
    masquerade

    pretend to be someone or something that you are not
    kid, pull the leg of

    tell false information to for fun
    type of:

    misinform, mislead

    give false or misleading information to

  4. verb

    give away information about somebody

    synonyms:

    denounce, give away, grass, rat, shop, snitch, stag, tell on

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    types:

    sell out

    give information that compromises others
    type of:

    inform

    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

  5. verb

    reveal unintentionally

    “Her smile
    betrayed her true feelings”
    synonyms:

    bewray

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    type of:

    break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap

    make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

  6. verb

    be sexually unfaithful to one’s partner in marriage

    synonyms:

    cheat, cheat on, cuckold, wander

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    types:

    two-time

    carry on a romantic relationship with two people at the same time
    fool around, play around

    commit adultery
    type of:

    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on

    be false to; be dishonest with

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