\ 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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In the state tournament, Katy defeated four-time state champion Keller 1-0 and avenged a loss earlier in the season to state runnerup Klein with an 8-2 victory in the title game. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "In pictures: Katy Lady Tigers cap season with 6A title," 7 June 2019 Their playoff highlight to date is a 7-6 double overtime win against Howard County rival Glenelg, which avenged a 13-6 loss on April 13. Class 4A Winston Churchill (16-0) vs. No. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Boys lacrosse state championship capsules," 21 May 2018 Gonzaga, which avenged an earlier loss to West Coast Conference rival Saint Mary’s, climbs to No. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Michigan State takes over No. 1 spot in USA TODAY Sports men's basketball poll," 12 Feb. 2018 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

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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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