Since Erica lied about who she was meeting, her mother had to renege on her promise to drop her off at the mall.
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 verb-·neged′, -·neg′ing
- 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; revoke
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.
Origin of renegeMedieval Latin renegāre to deny ; see renegade .
(third-person singular simple present reneges, present participle reneging, simple past and past participle reneged)