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 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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Oh, and now Gov. Phil Murphy, who made his fortune at Goldman Sachs but seems to have learned nothing about financial incentives, wants to raise the sales tax back to 7%, reneging on Mr. Christie’s 2016 gas and sales tax swap. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Gas Tax Economics Lesson," 10 Sep. 2018 Brussels wants the framework agreement to ensure that Switzerland can’t renege on certain obligations, like free movement of people from the EU, without paying a broader price in terms of EU market access. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Amid Brexit Drama, EU Flexes Its Muscles With Swiss," 1 Dec. 2018 Democrats will retaliate by slowing down every spending bill, arguing that the GOP reneged on the deals cut in February and March. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump, GOP plan to rescind budget spending has precedent but rocky path in Congress," 2 Oct. 2018 And Trump, in failing to stand up for US allies or reneging on international commitments, has created opportunities for competitors such as Russia and China to take advantage of America’s retreat. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Mattis’s resignation was a scathing indictment of Trump’s foreign policy," 21 Dec. 2018 Before long, MoviePass had announced and then quickly reneged on several schemes for growing revenue quickly. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "MoviePass announces yet another new pricing structure," 6 Dec. 2018 Pompeo accused Cuba of reneging on promises to release them and other prisoners of conscience that date to the Obama administration and ignoring requests to even discuss them. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "US demands answers from Cuba on imprisoned dissidents," 11 Dec. 2018 But doing so could open the door for Mr. Kim to accuse Mr. Trump of reneging on his promises. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Trump-Kim Summit Creates New Anxieties for Asian Allies," 13 June 2018 The Murdochs believed Comcast reneged on a handshake deal, people familiar with the situation say. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Two Titans’ Rocky Relationship Stands Between Comcast and Fox," 21 June 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 How to pronounce renege (audio) , -ˈneg\
reneged; reneging

Kids Definition of renege

: to go back on a promise or agreement

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