Simple Definition of avenge
: to harm or punish someone who has harmed you or someone or something that you care about
Full Definition of avenge
1 : to take vengeance for or on behalf of
2 : to exact satisfaction for (a wrong) by punishing the wrongdoer
Examples of avenge in a sentence
The brothers vowed to avenge the death of their father.
They vowed to avenge their father by capturing and punishing his killer.
Origin of avenge
Middle English, from Anglo-French avenger, from a- (from Latin ad-) + venger to avenge — more at vengeance
First Known Use: 14th century
AVENGE Defined for Kids
Definition of avenge for Students
: to take revenge for <avenge a wrong>
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