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)