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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Given signs that authorities are more comfortable letting borrowers renege on payments both in the domestic market and offshore, potential investors are reassessing risks. Bloomberg.com, "Why China’s Debt-Loaded Companies Face a Reality Check," 20 May 2020 In March 2016, Kunzer-Murphy said that Cronin reneged on a verbal agreement to become the Runnin' Rebels' new head coach. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Desiree Reed-Francois withdraws name from UCLA athletic director consideration, per report," 15 May 2020 Three Georgia jewelers claimed Ford reneged on her promise to pay them a $1 million reward for helping police recover the gems. Jane Musgrave, USA TODAY, "Daughters claim ailing widow of Henry Ford II is being abused by longtime companion," 12 Jan. 2020 Three Georgia jewelers claimed Ford reneged on her promise to pay them a $1 million reward for helping police recover the gems. Jane Musgrave, Detroit Free Press, "Daughters claim widow of Henry Ford II is being abused by longtime companion," 11 Jan. 2020 The next month, talks collapsed amid U.S. charges that Beijing had reneged on a tentative bargain. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "White House, Chinese negotiators reach trade deal in principle that would dramatically cut tariffs," 13 Dec. 2019 However, China's ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by forcing through unpopular legal changes. Christopher Bodeen, Anchorage Daily News, "Protesters storm Hong Kong’s streets as legislature delays debate on China extradition bill," 12 June 2019 However, China's ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by forcing through unpopular legal changes. Christopher Bodeen, chicagotribune.com, "Hong Kong police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at protesters fighting Chinese extradition bill," 12 June 2019 But China's ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by pushing through unpopular legal changes. NBC News, "Hong Kong to push ahead with extradition changes that sparked huge protest," 10 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'renege.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of renege

1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for renege

Medieval Latin renegare

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about renege

Time Traveler for renege

Time Traveler

The first known use of renege was in 1548

See more words from the same year

Statistics for renege

Last Updated

5 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Renege.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renege. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for renege

renege

verb
How to pronounce renege (audio) How to pronounce renege (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on renege

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for renege

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with renege

Spanish Central: Translation of renege

Nglish: Translation of renege for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of renege for Arabic Speakers

Comments on renege

What made you want to look up renege? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!