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

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Once voters approved Measure RR, the district promptly reneged on its part of the bargain. Daniel Borenstein, The Mercury News, "Borenstein: On cusp of San Jose service, will BART let new auditor it didn’t want do her job?," 11 July 2019 However, many regard China's ruling Communist Party as having reneged on that agreement by forcing through unpopular legal changes. Fox News, "Hong Kong delays debate on extradition bill amid intensifying protests," 12 June 2019 Brexit adds another layer off uncertainty: Nissan this month reneged on plans to build the X-Trail sport utility vehicle in Sunderland, citing the unresolved status of EU-U.K. trade after Brexit. Jie Ma,, "Honda to Shut U.K. Factory in Latest Blow as Brexit Looms," 18 Feb. 2019 Rusty originally sued his father in 2016 for allegedly reneging on an agreement to give all of his company stock to Rusty. Patrick Danner,, "Fight escalates over assets left by founder of Rush Enterprises," 19 June 2019 However, China’s ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by forcing through unpopular legal changes. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong police fire tear gas, projectiles as protests over extradition bill escalate," 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,, "Hundreds of thousands protest in Hong Kong against proposed extradition law," 9 June 2019 The news comes at a time when U.S.-Cuban relations have stiffened after President Trump’s reneging of Obama-era negotiations with the Caribbean nation. Wilder Davies, Time, "Expedia Fined $325,000 for Breaching Travel Sanctions to Cuba," 14 June 2019 After the landlords reneged on a promise to extend the lease through January 2020, according to the club operators, Mezzanine was set to permanently shutter Oct. 10. Dominic Fracassa,, "SF Supervisor steps in to save SoMa music venue," 13 June 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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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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