Definition of avenge
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
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 of avenge from the Web
West Virginia (35-24) avenged a regular-season defeat to Maryland, a 7-6 loss on April 11.
But in the end, the 2016 loss will be avenged and the championship confetti will finally fall on Durant.
Posted just two weeks before Monday's suicide bombing in Manchester, England, the message includes a specific call for attacks on European and North American cities to avenge the deaths of Syrian children killed in airstrikes.
Now, 12 years later, Jared has avenged his father with a breathtaking forcefulness.
In 2015, Egypt bombed militants in Libya to avenge the beheading of 21 Copts by Islamic State.
Fozzy had a spot this month on the Carolina Rebellion festival headlined by Soundgarden, Def Leppard and Avenged Sevenfold.
With the victory, Dwyer (25-5) avenged last-year’s 5-4 extra-inning loss to Belen Jesuit in the same round.
The Mustangs (16-3-4) thus avenged one of their regular-season losses.
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Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners
Definition of avenge for English Language Learners
: to harm or punish someone who has harmed you or someone or something that you care about
AVENGE Defined for Kids
Definition of avenge for Students
: to take revenge for avenge a wrong
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