To betray someone is to break their trust. When you betray someone, you break the trust that they have in you.

  • He betrayed her trust by lying to her.

  • The politician betrayed the trust of the people by voting to raise taxes.

Definition of betraying


To deliver into the hands of an enemy by treachery or fraud, in violation of trust; to give up treacherously or faithlessly.


To prove faithless or treacherous to, as to a trust or one who trusts; to be false to; to deceive.


To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known.


To disclose or indicate, for example something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally.


To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen; to lead into error or sin.


To lead astray; to seduce (as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.



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Example Sentences for betraying

  • 1

    Will the compass betray Elizabeth in the future

  • 2

    The girls are betrayed, and the Munich camp is in disarray.

  • 3

    Betrayed England to enlist in the services of the Dark Powers.

  • 4

    Instead, they decided to betray the gamblers and keep the cash.

  • 5

    It in turn convinces Saaphyri to betray The Entertainer in the vault.

  • 6

    Possessed by the Marauder Malice and forced to betray the team.

  • 7

    He had betrayed his liege lord.

  • 8

    The lead of the article betrays its bias immediately.

  • 9

    The unsophisticated and unlettered Santals felt cheated and betrayed.

  • 10

    Hammerhead betrays them all, and injects Sable with a tranquilizer.