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[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
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  • They felt that the faculty and administration were reneging on the sense of their initial supporting resolution.
  • Meanwhile, businessmen complain that the government is reneging on its promise to simplify and reduce taxes.
  • Both, however, would mean reneging on election pledges.
  • Debt that cannot be serviced leads at one point to the reneging on that promise to pay.
  • Sanctions for reneging on the agreement were appropriate.
  • Furthermore, a government does not gain policy credibility by reneging on commitments.
  • Nobody will give you a loan on a house where you're reneging on current mortgage payments, bottom line.
British Dictionary definitions for reneging


/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
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Word Origin and History for reneging



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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