• IPA: /bəˈtɹeɪ/, /bɪˈtɹeɪ/

betray (betrays, present participle betraying; past and past participle betrayed)

  1. (transitive) To deliver into the hands of an enemy by treachery or fraud, in violation of trust; to give up treacherously or faithlessly.
    an officer betrayed the city
  2. (transitive) To prove faithless or treacherous to, as to a trust or one who trusts; to be false to; to deceive.
    to betray a person or a cause
    Quresh betrayed Sunil to marry Nuzhat.
    My eyes have been betraying me since I turned sixty.
  3. (transitive) To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known.
  4. (transitive) To disclose or indicate, for example something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally.
  5. (transitive) To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen; to lead into error or sin.
  6. (transitive) To lead astray; to seduce (as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.
  • (to prove faithless or treacherous) sell
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: rivelare
  • Russian: выдава́ть

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