What is the meaning of betray?

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  • Reveal unintentionally.
    • usage: "Her smile betrayed her true feelings"
  • Deliver to an enemy by treachery.
    • usage: "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"
  • Disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake.
    • usage: "His sense of smell failed him this time"; "His strength finally failed him"; "His children failed him in the crisis"
  • Be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage.
    • usage: "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering"
  • Give away information about somebody.
    • usage: "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
  • Cause someone to believe an untruth.
    • usage: "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
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APAWordNet. (2010). betray. Retrieved May 26, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/betray/definitions/1260218
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MLAWordNet. "betray" 23 October 2010. Web. 26 May 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/betray/definitions/1260218>
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