betray (verb) past tense: betrayed LISTEN
Betray means ‘to be disloyal or unfaithful.’
- The man betrayed his wife when he went out with his old girlfriend.
- The criminal betrayed his partner to avoid prosecution.
Betray also means ‘to provide secret information to an enemy.’
- The spy betrayed his country by telling the enemy about the planned invasion.
Betray also means ‘to reveal unintentionally.’
- Although Ida appeared confident, her shaking hands betrayed her.
- David acts like a man in his 20s, but his white hair betrays his age.
betrayal: the act of betraying. Example: “Fred’s betrayal was obvious when he refused to look Sara in the eye.”
In pop culture
It’s an old story. A man falls in love with his best friend’s wife. As you watch this scene for the 1983 movie Betrayal, do you recognize the leading actor?