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 In a showdown of one-loss teams, South Windsor looks to avenge its only loss of the season in a rematch with Northwest Catholic. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Top boys hockey players and teams to watch from Week 2: Sheehan’s top line leads Titans to 5-0 start," 22 Feb. 2021 The Beavers hope to avenge a loss earlier this month to Colorado, which beat OSU 78-49 in Boulder. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers men’s basketball vs. Colorado Buffaloes: Live updates," 20 Feb. 2021 The rare back-to-back gives Tulane (5-2, 0-2) an immediate opportunity to avenge a 68-58 loss to the Pirates on Dec. 22 — the last time either team played because their games this past Wednesday were postponed because of coronavirus concerns. G Smith, NOLA.com, "Jaylen Forbes enjoying role as leader of Tulane basketball tteam," 1 Jan. 2021 Next the Cowboys will look to avenge their October loss to Washington. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Upset of Vikings gives Cowboys jolt: ‘We’re going to go 7-0’," 23 Nov. 2020 Oldham County will look to avenge a 48-28 loss to GRC on Oct. 23. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "DeSales-Christian Academy showdown highlights top football playoff games to see Friday," 17 Nov. 2020 His teammates told him to use the game as fuel and to avenge the loss with another winning streak. Stephen Wagner, Dallas News, "Greg Brown discusses competitiveness, expanding his game during Longhorns’ historic start," 15 Jan. 2021 Lupin stars Omar Sy as Assane Diop, a man on a mission to avenge his father, who died in prison after being framed by his boss, Hubert Pellegrini (played by Hervé Pierre), for the theft of a diamond necklace. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "Part 2 of Netflix's 'Lupin': Everything We Know," 14 Jan. 2021 Fewer have the opportunity to avenge the only loss of their starting career. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Justin Fields can do to Clemson what DeShaun Watson once did to Alabama," 31 Dec. 2020

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Avenge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenge. Accessed 6 Mar. 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

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