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BETRAY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does betray mean? 

BETRAY (verb)
  The verb BETRAY has 6 senses:

1. reveal unintentionally
2. deliver to an enemy by treachery
3. disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
4. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
5. give away information about somebody
6. cause someone to believe an untruth

  Familiarity information: BETRAY used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BETRAY (verb)


Sense 1betray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reveal unintentionally

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

betray; bewray

Context example:

Her smile betrayed her true feelings

Hypernyms (to "betray" is one way to...):

break; bring out; disclose; discover; divulge; expose; give away; impart; 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)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2betray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deliver to an enemy by treachery

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

betray; sell

Context examples:

Judas sold Jesus / The spy betrayed his country

Hypernyms (to "betray" is one way to...):

cozen; deceive; delude; lead on (be false to; be dishonest with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "betray"):

double cross (betray by double-dealing)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot betray Sue


Sense 3betray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

betray; fail

Context examples:

His sense of smell failed him this time / His strength finally failed him / His children failed him in the crisis

Hypernyms (to "betray" is one way to...):

disappoint; let down (fail to meet the hopes or expectations of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 4betray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

cheat on; cuckold; wander; betray; cheat

Context examples:

She cheats on her husband / Might her husband be wandering?

Hypernyms (to "betray" is one way to...):

cozen; deceive; delude; lead on (be false to; be dishonest with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "betray"):

two-time (carry on a romantic relationship with two people at the same time)

fool around; play around (commit adultery)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot betray Sue


Sense 5betray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give away information about somebody

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

tell on; shit; stag; snitch; shop; denounce; give away; betray; rat; grass

Context example:

He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam

Hypernyms (to "betray" is one way to...):

inform (impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "betray"):

sell out (give information that compromises others)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 6betray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause someone to believe an untruth

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

deceive; lead astray; betray

Context example:

The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house

Hypernyms (to "betray" is one way to...):

misinform; mislead (give false or misleading information to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "betray"):

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)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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