How is the word ‘renege' pronounced?
(B. Sneha, Madurai)
There are two different ways of pronouncing this rather formal word. The ‘e' in the first syllable is like the ‘i' in ‘bit', ‘pit', and ‘hit'. Some people pronounce the second ‘e' like the ‘ee' in ‘fees', ‘bees', and ‘cheese', while others pronounce it like the ‘ay' in ‘hay', ‘bay', and ‘pay'. The ‘g' sounds like the ‘g' in ‘girl' and ‘goat', and the final ‘e' is silent. The word can be pronounced either ‘ri-NEEG' or ‘ri-NAYG'. If you renege on a promise, you go back on it; in other words, you break the promise that you had made.
*If Sunanda reneges on the agreement now, I'll file a case against her.
*Ever since he reneged on the contract, no company wants to do business with him.
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