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My longman dictionary says these two are not synonymous.
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They can both definitely be used as verbs
I would say that revenge is more emotional: it is usually done from hate: one person has been treated in a way that makes them hate another person. Their motive for revenge is the way that they feel about the other person
To avenge can have a more lawful meaning: it means to carry out justice in the way that you see it
The two are very close, but there is a slight difference
As Hamid said "revenge" can be used as a verb.
And there are also some collocations for revenge as a noun:
imantaghaviHi Siavash,thank you iman...but this was not my question
1.to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, especially in a resentful or vindictive spirit: He revenged his murdered brother.
2.to take vengeance for; inflict punishment for; avenge: He revenged his brother's murder.
verb (used without object)
3.to take revenge.
4.the act of revenging; retaliation for injuries or wrongs; vengeance.
5.something done in vengeance.
6.the desire to revenge; vindictiveness.
7.an opportunity to retaliate or gain satisfaction.
1.to take vengence or exact satisfaction for: to avenge a grave insult.
2.to take vengence on behalf of: He avenged his brother
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.
Normally we use "take" before revenge but use avenge directly as verb
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