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 John B and his friends go off on a modern day treasure hunt quest to find (or avenge) his missing father and his lifelong mission to find a sunken ship full of gold off the coast of the Outer Banks. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "5 reasons why Outer Banks should be your next binge-watch," 25 Apr. 2020 Lebanon topped Buckeye Trail for the state championship in 1995, avenging a state finals loss the season before. Alex Harrison, Cincinnati.com, "Who represents Greatest Of All Time in Cincinnati's boys volleyball history?," 5 Apr. 2020 For USA Basketball executives and players intent on avenging the team’s dreadful performance in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, that would be a disaster. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "No Olympics? Warriors aren’t too concerned," 27 Mar. 2020 After avenging an early season loss at Westlake, coach Brett Larrick's Pioneers hit nine 3s Saturday to spoil third-seeded Amherst's hopes of a deep run. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Another homecoming, higher stakes for Brush-Cleveland Heights rematch: District tournament takeaways," 2 Mar. 2020 Floating the possibility of Hillary Clinton his running mate was the perfect signal from Mike Bloomberg to her supporters: Join me and avenge 2016. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Revenge against the Deplorables," 19 Feb. 2020 The story of a grieving father avenging his son’s murder would typically end with Hall’s arrest and conviction. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Netflix's The Pharmacist Depicts the True Story of Grieving Father's Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic," 6 Feb. 2020 One of Odin’s sons, Vidar, joined the battle, and avenged his father by slitting Fenrir’s throat. Gina Vaynshteyn, refinery29.com, "Netflix’s Ragnarok Is Based On Norse Mythology — Here’s A Primer," 4 Feb. 2020 The United States finished the tournament with an 8-1 record and avenged their only tournament loss by defeating Panama 3-1 in the championship finale. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Local baseball players help USA National U-15 team win gold in Mexico," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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25 May 2020

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“Avenge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenge. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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avenge

verb
How to pronounce avenge (audio)

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

Other Words from avenge

avenger noun

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