\ 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

Synonyms for avenge


redress, requite, retaliate, revenge, venge [archaic]

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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.

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Lake Brantley avenged setbacks to New Smyrna Beach and Seminole County rival Lake Mary to improve to 12-8 entering Friday’s home game against DeLand. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake Brantley recovering to make most of baseball season," 19 Apr. 2018 The heated rivalry continues with the Reign aiming to avenge last season’s postseason loss to Portland. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "As the Reign starts its 2019 season, here’s what you need to know," 13 Apr. 2019 Recall the wild allegations that Mr. Clinton was complicit in a conspiracy to kill Vince Foster, that President Bush invaded Iraq to secure its oil and avenge his father, or that President Obama was born in Kenya. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "This Political Fight Will Go Many More Rounds," 1 Aug. 2018 The win for the Clippers secured their sixth sectional title of the decade and avenged a lopsided 16-4 loss to Cohasset in last year’s South final. Jake Levin, BostonGlobe.com, "Wellesley stops Notre Dame; Norwell tips Cohasset," 16 June 2018 The win helped the Hurricanes avenge a 7-3 loss Friday and a 8-2 loss Saturday. miamiherald, "Hurricanes hand Gators first loss of the season | Miami Herald," 25 Feb. 2018 After the death of Mr. Sawadi’s father, the rest of his immediate family migrated to Europe—all but Mr. Sawadi’s youngest brother, Ali, who instead returned to Syria to avenge his father his own way. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "‘If He’s Hiding, I Will Find Him.’ One Man’s Hunt for the Militants Who Killed His Father," 15 Dec. 2018 The Cornhuskers went on to avenge their loss to Texas in the Big 12 championship game and capped the season off with a Fiesta Bowl win over No. Will Mccollister, SI.com, "On the Outside Looking In: The Best Teams to Finish No. 3 in the BCS Era," 11 July 2018 The manager will be hoping his side can avenge the 1-0 loss suffered at the beginning of the season when the Potters visit the Emirates this weekend. SI.com, "Arsenal Handed Double Injury Boost Ahead of Stoke Clash as Attacking Pair Return to Training," 27 Mar. 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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The first known use of avenge was in the 14th century

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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