Betray - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage (syn: cheat, cuckold, wander)
- give away information about somebody (syn: denounce, give away, grass, rat, shit, shop, snitch, stag, tell on)
- cause someone to believe an untruth (syn: deceive)
They betrayed their country by selling its secrets to other governments.
She is very loyal and would never betray a friend.
She betrayed her own people by supporting the enemy.
She coughed, betraying her presence behind the door.
He felt that she had betrayed him.
What kind of man would betray his own sister to the police?
She had betrayed her parents' trust.
I would never betray a confidence (=tell a secret which someone has trusted me with).
His voice betrayed his nervousness.
His face betrayed nothing (=showed no emotion).
The slightest sound might betray his presence.
The crumpled sheets betrayed the fact that someone had been sleeping there.
No prince of the house of Lancaster betrayed a wish to renew the quarrel with the Church. (J. A. Froude, History of England, Vol. I, 1858)
Her smile betrayed her true feelings
The spy betrayed his country
present participle: betraying
past tense: betrayed
past participle: betrayed