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

intransitive verb

: to go back on a promise or commitment
: revoke
obsolete : to make a denial
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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Word History


Medieval Latin renegare

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of renege was in 1548

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“Renege.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​nege ri-ˈnig How to pronounce renege (audio) -ˈneg How to pronounce renege (audio)
reneged; reneging
: deny
: to go back on a promise or agreement
reneged on paying the debt
reneger noun

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