\ ə-ˈvenj How to pronounce avenge (audio) \
avenged; avenging

Definition of avenge

transitive verb

1 : to take vengeance for or on behalf of vowed to avenge their murdered father
2 : to exact satisfaction for (a wrong) by punishing the wrongdoer was determined to avenge the assault

Other Words from avenge

avenger noun

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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.
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First Known Use of avenge

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for avenge

Middle English, from Anglo-French avenger, from a- (from Latin ad-) + venger to avenge — more at vengeance

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“Avenge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenge. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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\ ə-ˈvenj How to pronounce avenge (audio) \
avenged; avenging

Kids Definition of avenge

: to take revenge for avenge a wrong

Other Words from avenge

avenger noun

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