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avenge

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verb \ə-ˈvenj\

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

avengedaveng·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take vengeance for or on behalf of

  3. 2 :  to exact satisfaction for (a wrong) by punishing the wrongdoer

aveng·er noun

Examples of avenge

  1. The brothers vowed to avenge the death of their father.

  2. 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

Rhymes with avenge




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