• (America) IPA: /ɹɪˈn(e)ɪɡ/, /ɹɪˈniːɡ/, /ɹiːˈnɛɡ/, /ɹiːˈn(e)ɪɡ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ɹɪˈneɪɡ/, /ɹɪˈniːɡ/

renege (reneges, present participle reneging; past and past participle reneged)

  1. (intransitive) To break a promise or commitment; to go back on one's word.
  2. (intransitive) In a card game, to break one's commitment to follow suit when capable.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To deny; to renounce
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      His captaines heart,
      Which in the ſcuffles of great fights hath burſt
      The Buckles on his breaſt, reneages all temper,
      And is become the bellowes and the Fan
      To coole a Gypſies Luſt.
    • All Europe high (all sorts of rights reneged) / Against the truth and thee unholy leagued.
  • French: manquer à la parole
  • German: (sein) Wort brechen, nicht Wort halten
  • Russian: изменя́ть свой
  • Spanish: faltar a la palabra, faltar a su palabra
  • Russian: де́лать рено́нс
  • German: verleugnen
  • Russian: отка́зываться

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