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English verb: betray

1. betray (communication) reveal unintentionally


SamplesHer smile betrayed her true feelings.


Synonymsbewray


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


Synonymssell


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.


Synonymsfail


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


Antonymsundeceive









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