Quick question about Renown

Do characters who are ready for a level up count towards the levels needed to reach the next renown level? I’m at the brink of a renown level, but would rather not throw my under leveled newest character into the pvp mix just yet. If I upgrade a piece of equipment or get dungeon xp enough for a character to level, but do not buy that level yet, will it push me over?

Thanks

Improving a hero without increasing its level does not impact ones renown. Your renown will only increase after a hero is leveled.