re·​nege | \ ri-ˈneg How to pronounce renege (audio) also -ˈnāg, -ˈnig; rē- How to pronounce renege (audio) \
reneged; reneging

Definition of renege

intransitive verb

1 : to go back on a promise or commitment
2 : revoke
3 obsolete : to make a denial

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Other Words from renege

reneger noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web Notre Dame's star tight end reneged on his previous plans to return and declared for the draft on Thursday, announcing the news via Twitter. Carter Karels, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: Tight end Cole Kmet heads to NFL Draft," 2 Jan. 2020 According to Financial Times, 75 of the 339 companies that have received bailout funds since Beijing began its campaign in August last year have reneged on payments, despite warnings from courts. Fortune, "The Case Against China ‘Panic’," 7 Dec. 2019 And Trump himself has reneged on previous pledges to strengthen gun laws. Zeke Miller, The Denver Post, "Trump claims he wants stronger gun measures, doesn’t say how," 5 Aug. 2019 While Manafort battled some of his charges through trial and reneged on a plea deal by lying to prosecutors after admitting guilt to other offenses, Gates never backtracked from his plea or cooperation. Washington Post, "Rick Gates faces sentencing for conspiracy and lying to FBI in Mueller probe," 17 Dec. 2019 Putting aside the fact that insurers retroactively renege on agreements to pay in the form of claim denials all the time, Clement had a point. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Health insurers fighting claim denials made some seriously ironic arguments at the Supreme Court," 10 Dec. 2019 Hamilton’s book was published last year, but only after three publishers reneged on offers to back the book for fear of retaliation from Beijing. Rod Mcguirk, San Diego Union-Tribune, "China-Australia rift deepens as Beijing tests overseas sway," 2 Oct. 2019 Reciprocity reneged The fragmented nature of getting work through apps, with their reliance on algorithms to control, monitor, and manage workers, also erodes the principle of reciprocity found in traditional employment relationships. Shainaz Firfiray, Quartz, "The arrival of Uber Works isn’t going to help fix the gig economy," 18 Nov. 2019 This past November, Lewis reneged on his promise, citing declining enrollment, and this spring Cypress was closed for good. Andrea Gabor, Harper's magazine, "The K-12 Takeover," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of renege

1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for renege

Medieval Latin renegare

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The first known use of renege was in 1548

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Renege.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of renege

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


re·​nege | \ ri-ˈnig How to pronounce renege (audio) , -ˈneg \
reneged; reneging

Kids Definition of renege

: to go back on a promise or agreement

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