Renege meaning

rĭ-nĕg, -nĭg
(archaic) To deny; renounce.
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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.

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(intransitive) To break a promise or commitment; to go back on one's word.
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To fail to carry out a promise or commitment.

Reneged on the contract at the last minute.

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(games) To fail to follow suit in cards when able and required by the rules to do so.
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To renounce; disown.
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The act of reneging.
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To back out of an agreement; go back on a promise.
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(card games) To fail to follow suit when required and able to do so; revoke.
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(intransitive) In a card game, to break one's commitment to follow suit when capable.
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(archaic) To deny; to renounce.

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(card games) The act or an instance of reneging; revoke.
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Origin of renege

  • Medieval Latin renegāre to deny renegade

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin renego, from nego (“deny"). Possibly influenced by renegotiate. See also renegade.

    From Wiktionary