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betray (1 is derivative of the sense ‘deliver up treacherously’, which is freq.; 2 is common with various objects)
1. to give over or expose “to” punishment, or some evil Wiv. III. iii. 207 “to betray him to another punishment,” Err. V. i. 90, AYL. IV. i. 7, H8 III. i. 55 “to betray you . . . to sorrow.”
2. to lead astray, mislead, deceive, entrap Wiv. V. iii. 22 “We'll betray him finely,” 2H6 II. iv. 54 “lim'd bushes to thy wings,” Mac. I. iii. 125, Oth. V. ii. 6 “she'll more men” ; absol. Tim. IV. iii. 147.
3. to cheat, disappoint Tit. V. ii. 147 “a complot to betray thy foes.”
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (4):
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 1.3
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 2.4
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