\ 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 Thursday, Newburyport at Triton (3:45 p.m.) — The Vikings host the Clippers in Cape Ann League action, hoping to avenge their 11-10 opening day loss to Newburyport. BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2021 Texas Tech is looking to avenge its 2019 title-game loss to Virginia. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2021 The skinny: Catholic will be looking to avenge its 32-21 loss at Montgomery Academy on Sept. 25. Al.com Reports, al, 24 Nov. 2020 In January, Netflix users came across a new series about a charming con man out to avenge the death of his father. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 Pioneer didn’t get the chance to avenge its loss in 2020 since the season was canceled due to the pandemic. J.l. Kirven, The Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2021 Helped Cobras make the state tournament for the second year in a row (2019 other); had 242 kills, 353 digs, four assists; 66 blocks; happy to avenge a loss to Boca in the regional final; also plays soccer. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, 19 June 2021 Djokovic has fared better than Federer on Nadal’s favorite surface, going 8-19 against him on clay and using Friday’s match to avenge his loss in the 2020 French Open final. Brett Knight, Forbes, 11 June 2021 The Knights celebrated their Senior Night win, but Bruce said the team is fueled to avenge its loss in the 2019 Class 2A state championship game. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 24 May 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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The first known use of avenge was in the 14th century

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“Avenge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenge. Accessed 31 Jul. 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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