\ 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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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 Capitalize on this chance to get even money odds with a good team that will be hungry to avenge a disappointing 2020 campaign. Alex Kay, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The rapists in the latter commit violence for pleasure, not to right a wrong or avenge a trespass. Noah Berlatsky, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 In the film, Momoa plays a devastated husband who vows to avenge his wife’s death. Andy Meek, BGR, 21 Aug. 2021 For now, Suns have chance to avenge going 0-2 against the Nets last season. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 20 Aug. 2021 Look for Jesuit to avenge last year’s 34-31 loss to Lake Highlands that gave Lake Highlands the district title. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 19 Aug. 2021 The units killed numerous Taliban fighters and commanders — deaths that the militants appear eager to avenge. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Her latest film, from Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, sees the actress, 42, playing Anna, a fierce contract killer with a mysterious past who's out to avenge the brutal murder of her lifelong mentor (Samuel L. Jackson). Nigel Smith, PEOPLE.com, 19 Aug. 2021 On Sunday, however, Allmendinger, in a one-off entry for Kaulig Racing, survived the carnage of the final laps to avenge his misfortune eight years earlier and win the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard. Rob Peeters, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Aug. 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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“Avenge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenge. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of avenge

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


\ ə-ˈvenj How to pronounce avenge (audio) \
avenged; avenging

Kids Definition of avenge

: to take revenge for avenge a wrong

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avenger noun

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