Meaning of “revenge” in the English Dictionary

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"revenge" in British English

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revengenoun [ U ]

uk /rɪˈvendʒ/ us /rɪˈvendʒ/

B2 harm done to someone as a punishment for harm that they have done to someone else:

She took/got/exacted (her) revenge on him for leaving her by smashing up his car.
He is believed to have been shot by a rival gang in revenge for the shootings last week.

More examples

  • It's the story of a woman who plots a dastardly revenge on her unfaithful lover.
  • He needed to satisfy his desire for revenge.
  • Her jilted boyfriend has sworn revenge on her new husband.
  • You must cast aside all thoughts of revenge.
  • The central character is a malevolent witch out for revenge.

revengeverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈvendʒ/ us /rɪˈvendʒ/

(Definition of “revenge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"revenge" in American English

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revengenoun [ U ]

us /rɪˈvendʒ/

harm that you do to someone as a punishment for harm that the person has done to you:

He had been seeking a chance for revenge against those who had helped oust him from his leadership position in Congress.

(Definition of “revenge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)