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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



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