betray

[ bih-trey ]
/ bɪˈtreɪ /

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. betjeman,
  2. betjeman, sir john,
  3. betoken,
  4. betony,
  5. betook,
  6. betrayal,
  7. betrayer,
  8. betroth,
  9. betrothal,
  10. betrothed

Origin of betray

1200–50; Middle English bitraien, equivalent to bi- be- + traien < Old French trair < Latin trādere to betray. See traitor

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British Dictionary definitions for betrayed

betray

/ (bɪˈtreɪ) /

verb (tr)

Derived Formsbetrayal, nounbetrayer, noun

Word Origin for betray

C13: from be- + trayen from Old French trair, from Latin trādere

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Word Origin and History for betrayed

betray

v.

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.

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