- To renege is to abandon something or go back on something you had promised.
When you promise to take your child to the circus and then you change your mind and don't go to the circus, this is an example of a situation where you renege on a promise.
intransitive verbreneged, reneging
- to back out of an agreement; go back on a promise
- Card Games to fail to follow suit when required and able to do so
Origin of renegeMedieval Latin renegare: see renegade
verbre·neged, re·neg·ing, re·neges
- To fail to carry out a promise or commitment: reneged on the contract at the last minute.
- Games To fail to follow suit in cards when able and required by the rules to do so.
verb, transitive Archaic
Origin of renegeMedieval Latin renegāre, to deny; see renegade.
(third-person singular simple present reneges, present participle reneging, simple past and past participle reneged)