avenge

verb
\ ə-ˈvenj \
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

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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Cooper Jackson had become obsessed with avenging the supposed rape of his girlfriend. CBS News, "Catfishing relationship between strangers leads to the murder of an innocent Marine," 19 June 2018 Instead, those same technologies that once seemed full of promise are finding their way into all-too-human clashes—led by a company named after an avenging sword. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build A Border Wall," 11 June 2018 Garber says 'certainly' • Djiby avenges Lou City suspension, FC Cincy advance to face MLS opponent. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati's top Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup moments," 6 June 2018 In his labyrinthine path toward avenging the murder of his father (Barry Kraft) by killing his uncle Claudius (Rod Gnapp), Hamlet tears through guises. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Youth gives some new energy to Marin Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet,’ but not enough," 2 June 2018 Max Waltzman , Matt Flaherty and Ben Everett Wilson were stellar as Natick avenged its lone loss by beating Needham in four sets . . Dan Mcloone, BostonGlobe.com, "A net gain for Chelmsford boys’ volleball," 17 May 2018 Four players -- Collin Sexton, Donta Hall, Braxon Key and Avery Johnson Jr. -- scored ten or more points as the Tide avenged a disappointing home loss to Missouri on Wednesday by earning one of its most significant victories of the season. Rainer Sabin, AL.com, "Second-half surge helps Alabama defeat No. 23 Florida," 3 Feb. 2018 Through Castle’s efforts to finally avenge the murders of his wife and children, The Punisher tells an effective horror story about the military and the dual trauma suffered by veterans: first the combat, then the homecoming. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Best TV Shows Of 2017," 29 Dec. 2017 In their zeal to avenge Andrew’s murder, prosecutors skipped an actual interrogation in favor of public torture that involved the removal of the prisoner’s tongue. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018

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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

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 \
avenged; avenging

Kids Definition of avenge

: to take revenge for avenge a wrong

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