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renege

[ri-nig, -neg, -neeg] /rɪˈnɪg, -ˈnɛg, -ˈnig/
verb (used without object), reneged, reneging.
1.
Cards. to play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play.
2.
to go back on one's word:
He has reneged on his promise.
verb (used with object), reneged, reneging.
3.
Archaic. to deny; disown; renounce.
noun
4.
Cards. an act or instance of reneging.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; earlier renegue < Medieval Latin renegāre, equivalent to re- re- + negāre to deny (cf. negative)
Related forms
reneger, noun
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  • 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

renege

/rɪˈniːɡ; -ˈneɪɡ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by on. to go back (on one's promise, etc)
verb, noun
2.
(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
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Word Origin and History for renege
v.

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.

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