renege

verb re·nege \ ri-ˈneg also -ˈnāg , -ˈnig ; rē- \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of renege

reneged; reneging
transitive verb
intransitive verb
1 obsolete : to make a denial
2 : revoke
3 : to go back on a promise or commitment

reneger

noun

Examples of renege in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of renege

Medieval Latin renegare

renege Synonyms

Synonyms
back down, back off, back out, cop out, fink out, go back on
Antonyms
adhere (to)
Related Words
chicken (out), wimp out; backpedal, backtrack; abjure, abnegate, disavow, forswear (also foreswear), recall, recant, repudiate, retract, take back, unsay, withdraw; beg off, cry off [chiefly British]
Near Antonyms
adhere (to), follow through (with); comply (with), fulfill (or fulfil), honor, keep, satisfy

RENEGE Defined for English Language Learners

renege

verb

Definition of renege for English Language Learners

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


RENEGE Defined for Kids

renege

verb re·nege \ ri-ˈnig , -ˈneg \

Definition of renege for Students

reneged; reneging
: 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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