betray

  • 1 Betray — Be*tray (b[ e]*tr[=a] ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Betrayed} ( tr[=a]d ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Betraying}.] [OE. betraien, bitraien; pref. be + OF. tra[ i]r to betray, F. trahir, fr. L. tradere. See {Traitor}.] 1. To deliver into the hands of an enemy by… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 betray — (v.) late 13c., bitrayen mislead, deceive, betray, from BE (Cf. be ) + obsolete M.E. tray, from O.Fr. traine betrayal, deception, deceit, from trair (Mod.Fr. trahir) betray, deceive, from L. tradere hand over, from trans across (see …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 betray — [v1] be disloyal abandon, be unfaithful, bite the hand that feeds you*, blow the whistle*, bluff, break faith, break promise, break trust, break with, commit treason, cross, deceive, deliver up*, delude, desert, double cross, finger*, forsake, go …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 betray — [bē trā′, bitrā′] vt. [ME bitraien < be , intens. + traien, betray < OFr trair < L tradere, to hand over: see TREASON] 1. a) to help the enemy of (one s country, cause, etc.); be a traitor to b) to deliver or expose to an enemy… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 betray — I (disclose) verb acknowledge, admit, air, aperire, avow, bare, bear witness against, bring into the open, bring to light, come clean, confess, declare, detegere, divulge, double cross, expose, give away, give utterance to, impart, inform, inform …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 betray — 1 mislead, delude, *deceive, beguile, double cross Analogous words: trap, entrap, snare, ensnare (see CATCH): *dupe, trick, befool, hoodwink, gull 2 discover, *reveal, disclose, divulge, tell Analogous words: manifest, evidence, evince, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 betray — ► VERB 1) act treacherously towards (a person, country, etc.) by revealing information to or otherwise aiding an enemy. 2) be disloyal to. 3) unintentionally reveal; be evidence of. DERIVATIVES betrayal noun betrayer noun. ORIGIN from Old French… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 betray */*/ — UK [bɪˈtreɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms betray : present tense I/you/we/they betray he/she/it betrays present participle betraying past tense betrayed past participle betrayed 1) a) if you betray your country, or if you betray someone who… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 betray — be|tray [bıˈtreı] v [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(friends)¦ 2¦(country)¦ 3¦(emotions)¦ 4¦(truth)¦ 5 betray your beliefs/principles/ideals etc ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: tray to betray (13 16 centuries), from Old French traïr, from Latin tradere; TRAITOR] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 betray — be|tray [ bı treı ] verb transitive ** 1. ) if you betray your country, or you betray someone who needs your support, you deliberately do something that harms them or helps their opponents: In wartime many people accused of betraying their… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 betray — [[t]bɪtre͟ɪ[/t]] betrays, betraying, betrayed 1) VERB If you betray someone who loves or trusts you, your actions hurt and disappoint them. [V n] When I tell someone I will not betray his confidence I keep my word... [V n] The President betrayed… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 betray — 01. Marc felt [betrayed] when Pamela left him for another guy. 02. The President [betrayed] us by raising taxes after promising not to do so. 03. The government is offering thousands of dollars to rebels who are willing to [betray] their leaders… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 betray — /bəˈtreɪ / (say buh tray), /bi / (say bee ) verb (t) 1. to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty. 2. to be disloyal to; disappoint the hopes or expectations of. 3. to deceive; mislead. 4. to seduce and desert. 5. to be… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 betray — betrayal, n. betrayer, n. /bi tray /, v.t. 1. to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty: Benedict Arnold betrayed his country. 2. to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling: to betray a trust. 3. to disappoint the… …

    Universalium

  • 15 betray — verb (T) 1 to be disloyal to someone who trusts you so that they are harmed or upset: betray sb (to sb): What kind of man would betray his own sister to the police? 2 to be disloyal to your country, for example by giving secret information to its …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 betray — be•tray [[t]bɪˈtreɪ[/t]] v. t. 1) to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery 2) to be unfaithful in guarding or fulfilling: to betray a trust[/ex] 3) to be disloyal to: to betray one s friends[/ex] 4) to reveal in violation of confidence: to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 betray — verb Etymology: Middle English, from be + trayen to betray, from Anglo French trahir, from Latin tradere more at traitor Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to lead astray; especially seduce 2. to deliver to an enemy by …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 betray — [bɪˈtreɪ] verb [T] 1) if you betray your country, your family, or your friends, you deliberately do something that harms them 2) if you betray a feeling that you want to hide, your words or face make the feeling clear to people The woman s face… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 betray — verb a) 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. Again, to take a less extreme example, there is no denying that although the… …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 betray — verb Betray is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑expression, ↑eye, ↑face, ↑tone Betray is used with these nouns as the object: ↑anxiety, ↑confidence, ↑contempt, ↑country, ↑disappointment, ↑emotion, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary