renege

verb
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

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Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that pulling out would undermine America’s upcoming nuclear talks with North Korea by proving the U.S. reneges on its promises. Time, "President Trump Brushes 'Dandruff' Off French President Macron’s Suit as the Two Leaders Tussle Over Iran," 25 Apr. 2018 So Trump effectively has several pathways to pull the United States out of the deal by reneging on its commitments. Josh Lederman, Fox News, "World to learn fate of Iran nuclear pact Tuesday afternoon," 8 May 2018 The German government is poised to renege on its pledge to raise military spending, the latest gesture of defiance by Chancellor Angela Merkel toward President Donald Trump. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Germany Plans to Renege on Pledge to Raise Military Spending, Defying Trump," 18 Mar. 2019 And Trump’s successor might decide to renege on the deal and move troops back to South Korea. Andrew Kydd, Washington Post, "Promises on North Korea are easy to make but hard to keep. Here’s why.," 7 June 2018 Oh, and now Gov. Phil Murphy, who made his fortune at Goldman Sachs but seems to have learned nothing about financial incentives, wants to raise the sales tax back to 7%, reneging on Mr. Christie’s 2016 gas and sales tax swap. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Gas Tax Economics Lesson," 10 Sep. 2018 Brussels wants the framework agreement to ensure that Switzerland can’t renege on certain obligations, like free movement of people from the EU, without paying a broader price in terms of EU market access. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Amid Brexit Drama, EU Flexes Its Muscles With Swiss," 1 Dec. 2018 Democrats will retaliate by slowing down every spending bill, arguing that the GOP reneged on the deals cut in February and March. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump, GOP plan to rescind budget spending has precedent but rocky path in Congress," 2 Oct. 2018 And Trump, in failing to stand up for US allies or reneging on international commitments, has created opportunities for competitors such as Russia and China to take advantage of America’s retreat. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Mattis’s resignation was a scathing indictment of Trump’s foreign policy," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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renege

verb

English Language Learners Definition of renege

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

renege

verb
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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