Simple Definition of renege
: to refuse to do something that you promised or agreed to do
Examples of renege in a sentence
They had promised to pay her tuition but later reneged.
<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
Definition of renege for Students
: 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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