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Definition of revenge on phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


revenge on

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

revenge yourself on somebody


be revenged on somebody

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to punish or hurt someone because they have made you suffer She vowed to be revenged on them all. Grammaravenge / revengeAvenge is a verb;revenge is (usually) a noun.People avenge something, or avenge themselves on someone:She vowed to avenge her brother’s death. He later avenged himself on his wife’s killers.You take revenge on a person.In literary or old-fashioned English, revenge can also be a verb. People revenge themselves on someone or are revenged on them (with the same meaning):He was later revenged on his wife’s killers.You cannot revenge something:She vowed to revenge her brother’s death.
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