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 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, "How UEFA president Ceferin crushed a Super League rebellion," 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, "Honduran boy, 5, endures monthlong separation from family after crossing U.S. border," 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, "San Antonio Spurs say it's time to make most of home-court edge," 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, "Democrats should think twice before killing the filibuster," 21 Mar. 2021 But progressive and media pressure is building on the pair to renege on their pledges, as legislation passed by the House piles up at the Senate door. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "McConnell’s Filibuster Throwdown," 16 Mar. 2021 The suing directors -- along with WeWork founder Adam Neumann -- contend in court papers SoftBank and its Vision Fund unit relied on legally faulty pretexts to renege on the share-purchase agreement as the conglomerate’s financial position weakened. Jef Feeley,, "WeWork, SoftBank Fail to Get Suit Over Stock Deal Dismissed," 14 Dec. 2020 The Biden administration hasn’t decided to renege on U.S. commitments to withdraw U.S. forces. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Biden Officials Propose Afghan, Taliban Summit to Form Interim Government," 6 Mar. 2021 Kroc seems to agree, only to renege on the royalty agreement on paper. Yec, Forbes, "Digital Signature Functionality For B2B E-Commerce," 1 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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9 May 2021

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“Renege.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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