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Middle English reneye, from Old French reneier, French renier, renier, from Latin re- (re-) + negare (to deny). See renegade. Doublet of renege.


renay (third-person singular simple present renays, present participle renaying, simple past and past participle renayed)

  1. (obsolete) To deny; to disown.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for renay in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)