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renege

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verb re·nege \ri-ˈneg also -ˈnāg, -ˈnig; rē-\

Simple Definition of renege

  • : to refuse to do something that you promised or agreed to do

Full Definition of renege

re·negedre·neg·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  deny, renounce

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 obsolete :  to make a denial

  5. 2 :  revoke

  6. 3 :  to go back on a promise or commitment

re·neg·er noun

Examples of renege

  1. They had promised to pay her tuition but later reneged.

  2. <my so-called best friend promised to help me move, only to renege come Saturday morning>



Origin of renege

Medieval Latin renegare


First Known Use: 1548


RENEGE Defined for Kids

renege

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verb re·nege \ri-ˈnig, -ˈneg\

Definition of renege

re·negedre·neg·ing

  1. :  to go back on a promise or agreement



Word Root of renege

The Latin word negāre, meaning “to deny” or “to say no,” and its form negātus give us the root neg. Words from the Latin negāre have something to do with saying no. Anything negative, such as a reply to a question, denies something or responds by saying no. To renege is to go back on, or deny, an agreement or promise. Even the last letters of deny, to declare something to be false, come from negāre.



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