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rejoice

[ri-jois]
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verb (used without object), re·joiced, re·joic·ing.
  1. to be glad; take delight (often followed by in): to rejoice in another's happiness.
verb (used with object), re·joiced, re·joic·ing.
  1. to make joyful; gladden: a song to rejoice the heart.

Origin of rejoice

1275–1325; Middle English rejoicen < Old French rejouiss-, long stem of rejouir, equivalent to re- re- + jouir to rejoice; see joy
Related formsre·joice·ful, adjectivere·joic·er, nounpre·re·joice, verb (used without object), pre·re·joiced, pre·re·joic·ing.un·re·joiced, adjective

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1. revel, exult, glory.
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  • Let us rejoice that one such partisan was now at hand to stem the torrent of abuse.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Be happy, and rejoice in your weakness—but turn now to the strong for strength.

  • I rejoice to hear that she now wishes to spare her father, but—you will pardon me, Burke?

  • Trust him who will; for my part, I rejoice that Time shall not live forever.

    Time's Portraiture

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • I rejoice to hear it, Seor, for I seek something from your house.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard


British Dictionary definitions for rejoice

rejoice

verb
  1. (when tr, takes a clause as object or an infinitive ; when intr , often foll by in) to feel or express great joy or happiness
  2. (tr) archaic to cause to feel joy
Derived Formsrejoicer, nounrejoicing, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French resjoir, from re- + joir to be glad, from Latin gaudēre to rejoice
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Word Origin and History for rejoice

v.

c.1300, "to own, possess, enjoy the possession of, have the fruition of," from Old French rejoiss-, present participle stem of rejoir, resjoir "gladden, rejoice," from re-, which here is of obscure signification, perhaps an intensive (see re-), + joir "be glad," from Latin gaudere "rejoice" (see joy).

Originally sense in to rejoice in. Meaning "to be full of joy" is recorded from late 14c. Middle English also used simple verb joy "to feel gladness; to rejoice" (mid-13c.) and rejoy (early 14c.). Related: Rejoiced; rejoicing.

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