[ ri-nig, -neg, -neeg ]
/ rɪˈnɪg, -ˈnɛg, -ˈnig /
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verb (used without object), re·neged, re·neg·ing.
Cards. to play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play.
to go back on one's word: He has reneged on his promise.
verb (used with object), re·neged, re·neg·ing.
Archaic. to deny; disown; renounce.
Cards. an act or instance of reneging.
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Origin of renege
OTHER WORDS FROM renegere·neg·er, noun
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How to use renege in a sentence
The men were accused of reneging on pledges to stop working for the Iraqi government.ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit|Jamie Dettmer|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Speaker John Boehner is open about the possibility of reneging.Michael Tomasky on GOP Plans to Sink the Economy|Michael Tomasky|March 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He later accused President Bush of reneging on “compassionate conservatism” and manipulating Christian voters.I Survived the Bush Presidency|The Daily Beast|January 8, 2009|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for renege
/ (rɪˈniːɡ, -ˈneɪɡ) /
(intr often foll by on) to go back (on one's promise, etc)
cards other words for revoke
Derived forms of renegereneger or reneguer, noun
Word Origin for renege
C16 (in the sense: to deny, renounce): from Medieval Latin renegāre to renounce; see renegade
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