verb (used with object)
- betjeman, sir john,
Origin of betray
Examples from the Web for betray
ISIS abducts boys, breaks them down, forces them to betray their families, then hopes to recruit them into its ranks.Abducted, Tortured, Indoctrinated: The Tale of a Teen Who Escaped ISIS|Yusuf Sayman|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jones said that as far as he can tell, the article did not betray any secrets.Fired From Los Alamos for Pushing Obama's Nuclear Agenda|Center for Public Integrity|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The very source of his tremendous talent and athleticism seemed to betray him.
“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 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To save its better potential, we need to betray what it has become.We Need More Class Traitors: Solving America’s Meritocracy Problem|Jedediah Purdy|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has guided Robert so often, and been with him in so many trying scenes, he never can have the heart to betray him, or us.Wyandotte|James Fenimore Cooper
"It's no use crying for the moon," she decided, blinking hard lest she should betray symptoms of weakness before her juniors.For the Sake of the School|Angela Brazil
But for the present he knew he must not betray himself by word, look or action; other things of greater moment must be settled.The Free Range|Francis William Sullivan
If her mother understood her eagerness, she did not betray it, but with Mr. Watkins it was different.For Gold or Soul?|Lurana W. Sheldon
It was evident that the main company of Kiowas were either beyond hearing or too cautious to betray themselves.Three Sioux Scouts|Elmer Russell Gregor
Word Origin for betray
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.