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English verb: betray

1. betray (communication) reveal unintentionally

SamplesHer smile betrayed her true feelings.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap

2. betray (social) deliver to an enemy by treachery

SamplesJudas sold Jesus.
The spy betrayed his country.

ExamplesSam cannot betray Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cozen, deceive, delude, lead on

Narrower (hyponym)double cross

Verb groupsell

3. betray (emotion) disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake

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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)disappoint, let down

4. betray (social) be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage

SamplesShe cheats on her husband.
Might her husband be wandering?.

ExamplesSam cannot betray Sue

Synonymscheat, cheat on, cuckold, wander

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cozen, deceive, delude, lead on

Narrower (hyponym)fool around, play around, two-time

5. betray (communication) give away information about somebody

SamplesHe told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam.

Synonymsdenounce, give away, grass, rat, shit, shop, snitch, stag, tell on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)inform

Narrower (hyponym)sell out

6. betray (communication) cause someone to believe an untruth

SamplesThe insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house.

Synonymsdeceive, lead astray

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)misinform, mislead

Narrower (hyponym)bamboozle, befool, cod, dupe, fool, gull, hoodwink, impersonate, lead by the nose, personate, play false, pose, pull the wool over someone's eyes, put on, put one across, put one over, slang, snow, take in


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