Definition and Meanings for betray

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Betray is ranked 5,023 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of betray

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of betray

oe. betraien, bitraien; pref. be- + of. tra to betray, f. trahir, fr. l. tradere. see traitor

Meaning of betray


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • to violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known.
  • to disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally.
  • to mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin.
  • to lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.
  • to show or to indicate; -- said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed.
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