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Definition of "avenge" []

  • To inflict a punishment or penalty in return for; revenge: avenge a murder. (verb-transitive)
  • To take vengeance on behalf of: avenged their wronged parents. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "avenge" in a sentence
  • "The Lord uses words without anxiety as to the misuse of them by such as do not search after his will in them; and the word avenge may be simply retained from the parable without its special meaning therein; yet it suggests a remark or two."
  • "LUI: You know, Chris, the statement you were bringing up in your report, the official using the word "avenge" -- we don't commonly see that in a statement coming from a government agency or from an official."
  • "“Only a burning desire to clear my name and avenge my mentor.”"