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Definitions and Synonyms of betray | Another word for betray | What is betray?

Definition 1: give away information about somebody - [verb of communication]

Samples where betray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam

Synonyms for betray in the sense of this definition

(betray is a kind of ...) impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to

"I informed him of his rights"

(... is a kind of betray ) give information that compromises others

Definition 2: reveal unintentionally - [verb of communication]

Samples where betray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her smile betrayed her true feelings

Synonyms for betray in the sense of this definition

(betray is a kind of ...) 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" "The newspaper uncovered the President's illegal dealings"

Definition 3: cause someone to believe an untruth - [verb of communication]

Samples where betray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for betray in the sense of this definition

(betray is a kind of ...) give false or misleading information to

(... is a kind of betray ) pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions

"She posed as the Czar's daughter"

(... is a kind of betray ) 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"

(... is a kind of betray ) fool or hoax

"The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone" "You can't fool me!"

Definition 4: disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake - [verb of emotion]

Samples where betray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for betray in the sense of this definition

(betray is a kind of ...) fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

"Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"

Samples where betray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Judas sold Jesus
  • The spy betrayed his country

Synonyms for betray in the sense of this definition

(betray is a kind of ...) be false to; be dishonest with

(... is a kind of betray ) betray by double-dealing

(betray has a similar meaning as ...) give up for a price or reward

"She sold her principles for a successful career"

Samples where betray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for betray in the sense of this definition

(betray is a kind of ...) be false to; be dishonest with

(... is a kind of betray ) carry on a romantic relationship with two people at the same time

(... is a kind of betray ) commit adultery

"he plays around a lot"

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