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betray

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1 to be unfaithful or disloyal to

  • childhood friends of movie stars often betray them by telling their secrets to the supermarket tabloids
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go back on, sell down the river, stab in the back

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2 to make known (something abstract) through outward signs

  • his face betrayed his exasperation with his nosy neighbor
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3 to lead away from a usual or proper course by offering some pleasure or advantage

  • she was betrayed by a false show of friendship into covering up the crime
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reveal, disclose, divulge, tell, betray mean to make known what has been or should be concealed. reveal may apply to supernatural or inspired revelation of truths beyond the range of ordinary human vision or reason.
    • divine will as revealed in sacred writings
disclose may imply a discovering but more often an imparting of information previously kept secret.
    • candidates must disclose their financial assets
divulge implies a disclosure involving some impropriety or breach of confidence.
    • refused to divulge an anonymous source
tell implies an imparting of necessary or useful information.
    • told them what he had overheard
betray implies a divulging that represents a breach of faith or an involuntary or unconscious disclosure.
    • a blush that betrayed her embarrassment


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