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betray

be·tray

betray

 
pronunciation:
b treI
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: betrayed, betraying, betrays
definition 1: to be disloyal to; commit treason against.
A spy can be tempted to betray his own country.
synonyms:
double-cross, sell out
similar words:
inform on, let down, rat on
definition 2: to be unfaithful to.
They say he betrayed the gang by associating with rival gang members.She betrayed her pledge to remain silent.
similar words:
breach, double-cross, let down, two-time, violate
definition 3: to reveal unintentionally.
The look in his eyes that accompanied his words betrayed his true intentions.
synonyms:
disclose, divulge, give away, reveal, spill
antonyms:
conceal, hide
similar words:
demonstrate, evidence, evince, manifest, register, show, tell, uncover, unveil
definition 4: to mislead.
He was betrayed by ambition.
synonyms:
delude, dupe, mislead
similar words:
beguile, bluff, deceive, trick
definition 5: to fail to fulfill (hopes, expections, or the like).
Her youthful promise was betrayed.He betrayed his parents' hopes when he decided against becoming a priest.
synonyms:
disappoint
similar words:
beat, bilk, dash, foil, frustrate, thwart
derivations: betrayal (n.), betrayer (n.)
Word Parts
The word betray contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.