Betray and Tell


Betray verb - To be unfaithful or disloyal to.
Usage example: childhood friends of movie stars often betray them by telling their secrets to the supermarket tabloids

Tell is a synonym for betray in reveal topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Betray", when it comes to topics like show, acknowledgement, divulge, give away.

Nearby Words: betrayal, betrayer, betraying


Tell verb - To make known (as information previously kept secret).
Usage example: I won't tell your secret to anyone

Betray is a synonym for tell in show topic. You can use "Betray" instead a verb "Tell", if it concerns topics such as acknowledgement, reveal.

Nearby Words: telling, teller

Common collocations

friend betray friend tell friend
man betray man tell man
people betray people tell people
family betray family tell family
Other words: someone, rest, time, secret, mother, father, anyone, player, everyone, feelings, friends.

Both words in one sentence

  • Series / Lost His mistreat of Juliet and Alex give them the motivation to betray him and tell the survivors of the incoming attack, which allows them to properly defend.
    Source: Series / Lost
  • Literal-Minded Similarly, never tell Cohen the Barbarian that you would "rather die than betray my emperor".
  • He'll betray you, but he won't tell your enemies all they really need to know about you.
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