\ 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 D'Mitrik Trice added 13 to help the Badgers (13-4, 7-3 Big Ten) avenge a surprise loss to the Terrapins (9-8, 3-7) last month and bounce back from a home defeat to Ohio State over the weekend. David Ginsburg, Star Tribune, "No. 14 Wisconsin weathers Maryland comeback in 61-55 win," 27 Jan. 2021 The ghost of the man your friend poisoned appears in your dreams and asks you to avenge his death. Jiji Lee, The New Yorker, "Are You a People Pleaser?: A Quiz," 27 Apr. 2021 The loss motivated them all season and the Silverwolves were able to avenge it by beating Bingham in the semifinal round of this year’s tournament. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Fremont pulls away in second half to win 6A girls’ championship," 6 Mar. 2021 United States intelligence agencies have assessed for months that Iran is seeking to target senior American military officers and civilian leaders to avenge the death of Maj. New York Times, "In Reversal, Pentagon Announces Aircraft Carrier Nimitz Will Remain in Middle East," 3 Jan. 2021 Standing there in his bulletproof vest, Zelensky didn’t promise to avenge the men who died in defense of these dugouts. Time, "'They Want the West to Be Frightened.' Ukraine's President on Why Russia Sent Troops to the Border," 12 Apr. 2021 Saturday’s clash offers the opportunity to avenge the season-ending loss of their freshman year while further etching their senior year into the Wolverines’ history. Daniel Dash, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan women's basketball may have the one-two punch to make even more history at NCAAs," 26 Mar. 2021 That means Carroll’s first-round game against Euless Trinity will be its first chance to avenge the 2019 upset loss to Hebron. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "2021 UIL boys soccer playoff preview: Area storylines to know, teams to watch and players to keep an eye on," 24 Mar. 2021 The Sooners fall seven spots to No. 15 but have an immediate opportunity to avenge that loss to the Cowboy on Monday night. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Gonzaga still No. 1, while West Virginia makes big move in Ferris Mowers Men's Basketball Poll," 1 Mar. 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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14 May 2021

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“Avenge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenge. Accessed 18 May. 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

Other Words from avenge

avenger noun

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