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

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


Full Definition of RENEGE

transitive verb
:  deny, renounce
intransitive verb
obsolete :  to make a denial
:  revoke
:  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


verb re·nege \ri-ˈnig, -ˈneg\

Definition of RENEGE for Kids

:  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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