9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[ri-nig, -neg, -neeg] /rɪˈnɪg, -ˈnɛg, -ˈnig/
verb (used without object), reneged, reneging.
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), reneged, reneging.
Archaic. to deny; disown; renounce.
Cards. an act or instance of reneging.
Origin of renege
1540-50; earlier renegue < Medieval Latin renegāre, equivalent to re- re- + negāre to deny (cf. negative)
Related forms
reneger, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for renege
  • Many worried that the mayor would renege on any pledge to not resort to layoffs.
  • If a dealer tries to renege or make changes, take your business to the next lowest bidder.
  • But when they have an opportunity to offer tax relief, they renege.
  • Remarkably, our local funding partners did not renege on their previous agreements.
British Dictionary definitions for renege


/rɪˈniːɡ; -ˈneɪɡ/
(intransitive) often foll by on. to go back (on one's promise, etc)
verb, noun
(cards) other words for revoke
Derived Forms
reneger, reneguer, noun
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: to deny, renounce): from Medieval Latin renegāre to renounce; see renegade
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for renege

1540s, "deny, renounce, abandon," from Medieval Latin renegare, from Latin re-, here probably an intensive prefix, + negare "deny" (see deny). Meaning "change one's mind" is from 1784. Related: Reneged; reneging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for renege

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for renege

Scrabble Words With Friends