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

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 Money from the fines levied against students who renege on offers bolsters the salaries of their peers who pursue less-lucrative internships, such as in the nonprofit sector, according to policies reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Lindsay Ellis, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Amid pressure from Washington over human-rights issues, Mr. Duterte threatened to renege on key military commitments. Feliz Solomon, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Some board members said the request appeared to renege on promises made when Cobb County agreed to contribute $300 million to the stadium’s construction in 2013. Brian Eason, ajc, 28 Mar. 2022 Moscow would understand that if Macron loses this month, his successor likely won't renege on his promise. Andrew Day, The Week, 4 Apr. 2022 The problem with Russian debt today is far different than in 1998, when financial turmoil and a cash crunch forced Moscow to renege on payments to domestic bondholders in a financial event that rippled across the globe. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 Still, returning to the accord is sure to anger hard-liners in Iran who have warned that the United States could renege again when Mr. Biden is no longer president. New York Times, 31 Jan. 2022 Certainly, unethical trainers, agents and buscones can use their leverage to back players into a corner, steer them toward predatory loans, renege on deals or claim an inappropriate percentage of a signing bonus. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 Is there any political appetite to renege on these promises given the sorry state of our politics? WSJ, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Renege.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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