avenge

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verb \ ə-ˈvenj \

Definition of avenge

avenged; avenging
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

avenger

noun

Examples of avenge in a Sentence

  1. The brothers vowed to avenge the death of their father.

  2. They vowed to avenge their father by capturing and punishing his killer.

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Origin and Etymology of avenge

Middle English, from Anglo-French avenger, from a- (from Latin ad-) + venger to avenge — more at vengeance

avenge Synonyms

Synonyms
redress, requite, retaliate, revenge, venge [archaic], get even (for)
Related Words
castigate, fix, get, penalize, punish, scourge; chasten, chastise, correct, discipline; right; compensate, pay (back), recompense, repay
Near Antonyms
absolve, condone, excuse, forgive, pardon, remit


AVENGE Defined for English Language Learners

avenge

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verb

Definition of avenge for English Language Learners

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


AVENGE Defined for Kids

avenge

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verb \ ə-ˈvenj \

Definition of avenge for Students

avenged; avenging
:to take revenge for
  • avenge a wrong

avenger

noun


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