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 decision was seen as way to severely limit free elections, in effect reneging on the earlier pledge. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong is burning, five years to the day after Beijing dashed its hopes of democracy," 31 Aug. 2019 Last year the president set out to get better terms by reneging on the agreement and reimposing the sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy. The Economist, "As America and Iran inch closer to war, new talks are needed," 28 June 2019 The purchase comes months after Amazon reneged on plans for opening a second headquarters in Long Island City amid public protests over the government subsidies given to the e-commerce giant. Rani Molla, Vox, "Recode Daily: The word of the day is “antitrust”," 5 June 2019 Steele originally committed to USC last summer but reneged on his commitment in October, eventually signing with the Gators. J. Brady Mccollough,, "USC announces arrivals of Bru McCoy and Chris Steele to football program," 11 June 2019 The Spurs rebounded by signing Trey Lyles to take Bertans’ space, but Morris’ extremely rare decision to renege on their deal put them in a terrible spot. Mike Finger,, "With Spurs, as always, mum’s the word," 16 July 2019 After a months-long ceasefire, Trump reignited the trade war by accusing China of reneging on commitments. Bloomberg,, "China fines Ford for antitrust violations as trade war escalates," 5 June 2019 Talks broke down in May after the United States accused the Chinese of reneging on earlier commitments. CBS News, "China warns of retaliation for Trump's planned tariff hike," 2 Aug. 2019 In a series of tweets, Trump accused China of reneging on an agreement to buy US agricultural goods and of failing to block the flow of the drug fentanyl into the US. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Trump announces a new 10% tariff on billions of dollars worth of Chinese imports," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of renege was in 1548

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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 How to pronounce renege (audio) , -ˈneg\
reneged; reneging

Kids Definition of renege

: to go back on a promise or agreement

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