avenge

verb
\ 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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Stella’s new assistant, Felicity, is engaged in a long con to avenge the death of her mother. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Flower Mound will be trying to avenge a three-game series loss to Southlake Carroll in the first round of the 2019 playoffs. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 20 May 2021 Junior pitcher Ashlyn Storms struck out five batters in the Class 6A District 4 final to help Winter Springs avenge a 2-1 loss to the Eagles on March 30. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, 30 Apr. 2021 American intelligence reports indicate that Iran and its proxies may be preparing a strike as early as this weekend to avenge the death of Maj. New York Times, 1 Jan. 2021 In the first season, seeking to avenge their sister's death, the Reyes brothers infiltrate the Elizondo family's farm by passing themselves off as workers. Veronica Villafañe, Forbes, 12 May 2021 To the disappointment and disbelief of a nation eager to avenge 9/11, faulty U.S. military decisions allowed bin Laden to escape into Pakistan. Bing West, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021 Three suspended cops uncover a widespread conspiracy when they are forced outside the law to avenge a partner’s death. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 When Finn is murdered in the first episode, his death leaves a void the rival factions begin battling to fill, while Finn’s son, Sean (Joe Cole), vows, with Hamlet-esque perma-gloom and furious consonants, to avenge his father’s death. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of avenge was in the 14th century

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7 Jun 2021

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“Avenge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenge. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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avenge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of avenge

: to harm or punish someone who has harmed you or someone or something that you care about

avenge

verb
\ 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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