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.
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>
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up avenge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).