re·nege | \ri-ˈneg also -ˈnāg, -ˈnig;rē- \
reneged; reneging

Definition of renege 

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : to make a denial

2 : revoke

3 : to go back on a promise or commitment

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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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The biggest threat may be that by reneging on the peace accord the next president could wreck any chance of reaching a deal with the ELN, which is negotiating with the government. The Economist, "Will Colombia’s next president imperil the peace deal with the FARC?," 26 May 2018 Polanski, who served 42 days in Chino State Prison in 1977, has long contended that the judge in his case engaged in misconduct by reneging on the terms of his plea deal and that he should be allowed to return to America on time served. Josh Rottenberg,, "Roman Polanski threatens lawsuit against motion picture academy over expulsion," 8 May 2018 Education activists have accused Mrs. DeVos of reneging on a promise to involve educators and other school-safety experts. WSJ, "Congress Plans to Allow Gun-Violence Research," 21 Mar. 2018 Asked if the administration's reneging on one deal might discourage North Korea from trusting the Americans to stick to an agreement, a senior State Department official traveling with Pompeo said that was not the case. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Pompeo makes surprise trip to North Korea to finish plans for Trump-Kim summit," 8 May 2018 Trump has bewildered the Europeans by threatening to slap tariffs on EU steel and aluminum exports and reneging on an agreement to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, which the E.U. believes is vital to world security. NBC News, "'With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?' E.U. chief Tusk asks," 17 May 2018 While the deal itself contains no provisions for withdrawal, Iran has threatened to reactivate its nuclear program if the United States reneges on any of its obligations under the pact's terms. Author: Karen Deyoung, Anne Gearan, David Nakamura, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump expected dump Iran nuclear deal," 8 May 2018 Waco opens with a gunfight between the Davidians and ATF agents that extends to a long siege when Koresh reneges on a promise to surrender to the FBI. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Waco' star Taylor Kitsch on playing 'manipulative,' but not crazy Branch Davidian leader," 23 Jan. 2018 Martinez and her law partner, Megan Galicia, say ICE reneged on an agreement that the reunion of son and mother and a chance for the adults to say goodbye could take place in the ICE parking lot. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Netflix recording of ICE officer shoving lawyer might not be used in investigation," 6 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of renege

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


re·nege | \ri-ˈnig, -ˈneg\
reneged; reneging

Kids Definition of renege

: to go back on a promise or agreement

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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