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be·tray

 (bĭ-trā′)
tr.v. be·trayed, be·tray·ing, be·trays
1.
a. To give aid or information to an enemy of; commit treason against: betray one's country.
b. To inform upon or deliver into the hands of an enemy in violation of a trust or allegiance: "City investigators betrayed him to his bosses as a whistle-blower" (Selwyn Raab).
2. To be false or disloyal to: betrayed a cause; betray one's spouse.
3. To divulge in a breach of confidence: betray a secret.
4. To make known unintentionally: Her hollow laugh betrayed her contempt for the idea.
5. To lead astray; deceive: "She felt somewhat like a woman who in a moment of passion is betrayed into an act of infidelity" (Kate Chopin).

[Middle English bitraien : bi-, be- + traien, to betray (from Old French trair, from Latin trādere, to hand over; see tradition).]

be·tray′al n.
be·tray′er n.

betray

(bɪˈtreɪ)
vb (tr)
1. to aid an enemy of (one's nation, friend, etc); be a traitor to: to betray one's country.
2. to hand over or expose (one's nation, friend, etc) treacherously to an enemy
3. to disclose (a secret, confidence, etc) treacherously
4. to break (a promise) or be disloyal to (a person's trust)
5. to disappoint the expectations of; fail: his tired legs betrayed him.
6. to show signs of; indicate: if one taps china, the sound betrays any faults.
7. to reveal unintentionally: his grin betrayed his satisfaction.
8. betray oneself to reveal one's true character, intentions, etc
9. to lead astray; deceive
10. euphemistic to seduce and then forsake (a woman)
[C13: from be- + trayen from Old French trair, from Latin trādere]
beˈtrayal n
beˈtrayer n

be•tray

(bɪˈtreɪ)

v.t.
1. to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery.
2. to be unfaithful in guarding or fulfilling: to betray a trust.
3. to be disloyal to: to betray one's friends.
4. to reveal in violation of confidence: to betray a secret.
5. to exhibit; disclose: a remark that betrays indifference.
6. to lead astray; deceive.
7. to seduce and desert.
[1200–50; Middle English bitraien=bi- be- + traien to betray < Old French trair < Latin trādere; see traitor]
be•tray′al, n.
be•tray′er, n.

betray


Past participle: betrayed
Gerund: betraying

Imperative
betray
betray
Present
I betray
you betray
he/she/it betrays
we betray
you betray
they betray
Preterite
I betrayed
you betrayed
he/she/it betrayed
we betrayed
you betrayed
they betrayed
Present Continuous
I am betraying
you are betraying
he/she/it is betraying
we are betraying
you are betraying
they are betraying
Present Perfect
I have betrayed
you have betrayed
he/she/it has betrayed
we have betrayed
you have betrayed
they have betrayed
Past Continuous
I was betraying
you were betraying
he/she/it was betraying
we were betraying
you were betraying
they were betraying
Past Perfect
I had betrayed
you had betrayed
he/she/it had betrayed
we had betrayed
you had betrayed
they had betrayed
Future
I will betray
you will betray
he/she/it will betray
we will betray
you will betray
they will betray
Future Perfect
I will have betrayed
you will have betrayed
he/she/it will have betrayed
we will have betrayed
you will have betrayed
they will have betrayed
Future Continuous
I will be betraying
you will be betraying
he/she/it will be betraying
we will be betraying
you will be betraying
they will be betraying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been betraying
you have been betraying
he/she/it has been betraying
we have been betraying
you have been betraying
they have been betraying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been betraying
you will have been betraying
he/she/it will have been betraying
we will have been betraying
you will have been betraying
they will have been betraying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been betraying
you had been betraying
he/she/it had been betraying
we had been betraying
you had been betraying
they had been betraying
Conditional
I would betray
you would betray
he/she/it would betray
we would betray
you would betray
they would betray
Past Conditional
I would have betrayed
you would have betrayed
he/she/it would have betrayed
we would have betrayed
you would have betrayed
they would have betrayed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.betray - reveal unintentionallybetray - reveal unintentionally; "Her smile betrayed her true feelings"
disclose, let on, divulge, expose, give away, let out, reveal, unwrap, discover, bring out, break - make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
2.betray - deliver to an enemy by treacherybetray - deliver to an enemy by treachery; "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"
sell - give up for a price or reward; "She sold her principles for a successful career"
double cross - betray by double-dealing
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on - be false to; be dishonest with
3.betray - disappoint, prove undependable tobetray - 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"
disappoint, let down - fail to meet the hopes or expectations of; "Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"
4.betray - be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriagebetray - be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?"
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on - be false to; be dishonest with
two-time - carry on a romantic relationship with two people at the same time
play around, fool around - commit adultery; "he plays around a lot"
5.betray - give away information about somebodybetray - give away information about somebody; "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
sell out - give information that compromises others
6.betray - cause someone to believe an untruthbetray - cause someone to believe an untruth; "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
misinform, mislead - give false or misleading information to
personate, pose, impersonate - pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions; "She posed as the Czar's daughter"
lead by the nose, play false, pull the wool over someone's eyes, bamboozle, hoodwink, snow - conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end; "He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well"
cod, dupe, put one across, put one over, slang, take in, gull, befool, fool, put on - fool or hoax; "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"; "You can't fool me!"

betray

verb
1. be disloyal to, break with, grass on (Brit. slang), double-cross (informal), stab in the back, be unfaithful to, sell down the river (informal), grass up (slang), shop (slang, chiefly Brit.), put the finger on (informal), inform on or against He might be seen as having betrayed his mother.
2. give away, tell, show, reveal, expose, disclose, uncover, manifest, divulge, blurt out, unmask, lay bare, tell on, let slip, evince She studied his face, but it betrayed nothing.
Quotations
"To betray, you must first belong" [Kim Philby]

betray

verb
1. To be treacherous to:
Slang: rat (on), sell out.
Idiom: sell down the river .
2. To disclose in a breach of confidence:
Informal: spill.
Archaic: discover.
3. To cause to accept what is false, especially by trickery or misrepresentation:
Informal: bamboozle, have.
Slang: four-flush.
Translations
يَخونيَخونُيَخونُ الثِّقَه، يُفْشي السِّريَكْشِفُ عَن
zraditprozraditvyzrazovat
forrådelade i stikkenrøbesvigteafsløre
pettää
izdati
svíkjasvíkja; ljóstra uppsÿna
裏切る
배신하다
išdavikasišdavimasišduoti
atklātizpaustnodotparādīt
izdati
izdati
förråda
ทรยศ
ihanet etmekaçığa vurmakele vermek
phản bội

betray

[bɪˈtreɪ] VT
1. (= be disloyal to) [+ person, country, principles] → traicionar
2. (= inform on) → delatar
to betray sb to the enemyentregar a algn al enemigo
3. (= reveal) [+ secret] → revelar; [+ ignorance, fear] → delatar, revelar
his accent betrays himsu acento lo delata
his accent betrays him as a foreignersu acento revela su origen extranjero
his face betrayed a certain surprisesu cara delataba or revelaba cierto asombro

betray

[bɪˈtreɪ] vt
[+ friend, country] → trahir; [+ confidence, trust] → trahir
(= reveal) [+ emotion] → trahir, révéler
[+ wife, husband, partner] → tromper

betray

vtverraten (→ to +dat); trustenttäuschen, brechen; (= be disloyal to also)im Stich lassen; (= be unfaithful to)untreu werden (+dat); ideals, principlesuntreu werden (+dat), → verraten; (Pol) → verraten (→ to an +acc); to betray oneselfsich verraten; his accent betrayed him as a foreignersein Akzent verriet, dass er Ausländer war

betray

[bɪˈtreɪ] vt (also) (fig) → tradire
to betray sb to the enemy → consegnare qn nelle mani del nemico
his face betrayed his surprise → il suo viso tradiva la sorpresa

betray

(biˈtrei) verb
1. to act disloyally or treacherously towards (especially a person who trusts one). He betrayed his own brother (to the enemy).
2. to give away (a secret etc). Never betray a confidence!
3. to show (signs of). Her pale face betrayed her fear.
beˈtrayal noun
beˈtrayer noun

betray

يَخونُ zradit forråde verraten προδίδω traicionar pettää trahir izdati tradire 裏切る 배신하다 verraden forråde zdradzić trair предавать förråda ทรยศ ihanet etmek phản bội 背叛
References in classic literature ?
When they were called in, Laurie was standing by their mother with such a penitent face that Jo forgave him on the spot, but did not think it wise to betray the fact.
Do you mean that Beecher deliberately hired Jacinto to betray us?
If unsatisfied by the philosophy of his companion, the Indian was far too dignified to betray his unbelief.
But we must betray Hepzibah's secret, and confess that the native timorousness of her character even now developed itself in a quick tremor, which, to her own perception, set each of her joints at variance with its fellows.
Think not that I shall interfere with Heaven's own method of retribution, or, to my own loss, betray him to the gripe of human law.
But he was resolved that she should never find this out, and so was always on the watch to see that he did not betray any of his ugly self; he would take care even in little matters, such as his manners, and his habit of swearing when things went wrong.
She also is dressed with great neatness, and her white, delicate hands betray very little acquaintance with servile toil.
Ah, be kind to me, be merciful to a poor boy who means thee well; for an thou betray me I am lost
Wilson had quickly chosen a position from which he could watch the girl without running much risk of being seen by her, and he remained there hoping she would raise her veil and betray her face.
The girl made a sort of non- committal attempt to see, but the boy did not betray that he was aware of it.
shouted the whole mass, with an energy so startling, that the ruthless tyrants south of Mason and Dixon's line might almost have heard the mighty burst of feeling, and recognized it as the pledge of an invincible determination, on the part of those who gave it, never to betray him that wanders, but to hide the outcast, and firmly to abide the consequences.
You will betray your feelings improperly, if you are too conscious and too quick, and appear to affix more meaning, or even quite all the meaning which may be affixed to it.