to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty:
Benedict Arnold betrayed his country.
to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling:
to betray a trust.
to disappoint the hopes or expectations of; be disloyal to:
to betray one’s friends.
to reveal or disclose in violation of confidence:
to betray a secret.
to reveal unconsciously (something one would preferably conceal):
Her nervousness betrays her insecurity.
to show or exhibit; reveal; disclose:
an unfeeling remark that betrays his lack of concern.
to deceive, misguide, or corrupt:
a young lawyer betrayed by political ambitions into irreparable folly.
to seduce and desert.
They’ve allowed corrupt politicians and judges to betray the voters, rewarding them for their betrayal.
On Twitter, It’s a Very Sad Day for the Haters Ben Blackman, Ben Jacobs June 25, 2013
And the given names—how they betray the limbo state of immigrants between their old culture and their new homeland.
A Shifting Landscape of Sacrifice Peter Eisinger May 29, 2010
He knew Richardson, his fellow Bay Stater, was a man of rectitude who would never, ever betray his trust with Cox.
How Kennedy Brought Down Nixon Chris Matthews September 12, 2009
“A public official,” he added, “who accepts bribesis tantamount to a traitor” because they betray the trust of the public.
Ehud Olmert’s Sentencing Won’t Be a Day of Reckoning for Israel’s Leaders Alon Ben-Meir May 14, 2014
The Islamic republic would not cheat and would not betray the vote of the people.
Iran’s Supreme Revolutionary Reza Aslan June 21, 2009
You have us in your power, and you can betray us to the Danites, if you choose.
Frank Merriwell’s Bravery Burt L. Standish
His answer gave me a little start, but I did not betray myself.
The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
Looking eagerly into a book did not betray one who could not read.
An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
Nay, that foot has no fellow in the wilderness; it will betray her.
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
It rather took my breath away, but I tried not to betray the fact.
The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
to aid an enemy of (one’s nation, friend, etc); be a traitor to: to betray one’s country
to hand over or expose (one’s nation, friend, etc) treacherously to an enemy
to disclose (a secret, confidence, etc) treacherously
to break (a promise) or be disloyal to (a person’s trust)
to disappoint the expectations of; fail: his tired legs betrayed him
to show signs of; indicate: if one taps china, the sound betrays any faults
to reveal unintentionally: his grin betrayed his satisfaction
betray oneself, to reveal one’s true character, intentions, etc
to lead astray; deceive
(euphemistic) to seduce and then forsake (a woman)
late 13c., bitrayen “mislead, deceive, betray,” from be- + obsolete Middle English tray, from Old French traine “betrayal, deception, deceit,” from trair (Modern French trahir) “betray, deceive,” from Latin tradere “hand over,” from trans- “across” (see trans-) + dare “to give” (see date (n.1)). Related: Betrayed; betraying.
to arrange for the marriage of; affiance (usually used in passive constructions): The couple was betrothed with the approval of both families. Archaic. to promise to marry. Historical Examples I will betroth her to your nephew, my beloved Montagu’s son. The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton I betroth thee unto me according to […]
a female given name, form of Elizabeth. Contemporary Examples Executive producer Betsy West has her own story of working in a man’s world. Women Who Paved the Way Betsy West February 25, 2013 I’m in business with Al Pacino now; we’re developing Betsy and Napoleon about Napoleon’s exile in St. Helena. My Date With Sean […]
in the space separating (two points, objects, etc.): between New York and Chicago. intermediate to, in time, quantity, or degree: between twelve and one o’clock; between 50 and 60 apples; between pink and red. linking; connecting: air service between cities. in portions for each of (two people): splitting the profits between them. among: sharing the […]
a large mass of stone forming a hill, cliff, promontory, or the like. Geology. mineral matter of variable composition, consolidated or unconsolidated, assembled in masses or considerable quantities in nature, as by the action of heat or water. a particular kind of such matter: igneous rock. stone in the mass: buildings that stand upon rock. […]