avenge

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈvɛndʒ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈvɛndʒ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə venj)


Inflections of 'avenge' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
avenges
v 3rd person singular
avenging
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
avenged
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
avenged
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•venge /əˈvɛndʒ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], a•venged, a•veng•ing. 
  1. to take or get revenge for (something):wanted to avenge the murder of his sister.
  2. to take or get revenge for or on behalf of (someone):avenged her by finding her murderers.
a•veng•er, n. [countable]See -venge-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•venge  (ə venj),USA pronunciation v.t.,  a•venged, a•veng•ing. 
  1. to take vengeance or exact satisfaction for:to avenge a grave insult.
  2. to take vengeance on behalf of:He avenged his brother.
a•vengeful, adj. 
a•venger, n. 
a•venging•ly, adv. 
  • Latin vindicāre; see vindicate
  • Old French avengier, equivalent. to a- a-5 + vengier
  • Middle English avengen 1325–75
    vindicate. Avenge, revenge both imply to inflict pain or harm in return for pain or harm inflicted on oneself or those persons or causes to which one feels loyalty. The two words were formerly interchangeable, but have been differentiated until they now convey widely diverse ideas. Avenge is now restricted to inflicting punishment as an act of retributive justice or as a vindication of propriety:to avenge a murder by bringing the criminal to trial.Revenge implies inflicting pain or harm to retaliate for real or fancied wrongs;
    a reflexive pronoun is often used with this verb:Iago wished to revenge himself upon Othello.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged forgive.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
avenge /əˈvɛndʒ/ vb
  1. (usually tr) to inflict a punishment in retaliation for (harm, injury, etc) done to (a person or persons); take revenge for or on behalf of: to avenge a crime, to avenge a murdered friend
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French avengier, from vengier, from Latin vindicāre; see vengeance, vindicate

aˈvenger n USAGE
The use of avenge with a reflexive pronoun was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable: she avenged herself on the man who killed her daughter

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