AskDefine | Define renege

Dictionary Definition

renege n : the mistake of not following suit when able to do so [syn: revoke] v : fail to fulfill a promise or obligation; "She backed out of her promise" [syn: renege on, renegue on, go back on]

User Contributed Dictionary



From renego, from nego. See also renegade.


  • a US /rɪˈnɛg/ or /rɪˈneg/
  • a RP /rɪˈni:g/
  • ,


  1. To break a promise or commitment; to go back on one's word.
  2. In a card game, to break one's commitment to follow suit when capable.
  3. To deny; to renounce


break a promise or commitment
deny, renounce

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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