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
Recent Examples on the Web The Northern Ireland Protocol — a sensitive part of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union — will also probably top the trade agenda, as Biden and European leaders are expected to pressure Johnson not to renege on the pact. BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2021 The Northern Ireland Protocol — a sensitive part of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union — will also probably top the trade agenda, as Biden and European leaders are expected to pressure Johnson not to renege on the pact. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 The result was the abrupt export halt that has forced Serum to renege on its commitments to COVAX. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 14 May 2021 Ceferin previously told The Associated Press that the clubs refusing to renege on the Super League could be banned from UEFA's competitions. Fox News, 8 May 2021 By the following morning, however, Ceferin’s concerns resurfaced that Agnelli would renege on his commitment to stick with UEFA’s competitions. Rob Harris, ajc, 24 Apr. 2021 Twice, shelter officials in New York pledged to return her child to Luz, only to hours later renege on their promise. Cindy Carcamo Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2021 There is also journeyman Marcus Morris, who infamously reached a verbal agreement to join the Spurs in the summer of 2019, only to renege and sign with New York instead. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Mar. 2021 But progressive and news media pressure is building on the pair to renege on their pledges, as legislation passed by the House piles up at the Senate door. Star Tribune, 21 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Renege.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renege. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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