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rejoin1

[ree-join] /riˈdʒɔɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to come again into the company of:
to rejoin a party after a brief absence.
2.
to join together again; reunite.
verb (used without object)
3.
to become joined together again.
Origin of rejoin1
1535-1545
First recorded in 1535-45; re- + join

rejoin2

[ri-join] /rɪˈdʒɔɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to say in answer; reply, especially to counterreply.
verb (used without object)
2.
to answer; reply, especially to counterreply.
3.
Law. to answer a plaintiff's replication.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English rejoinen < Anglo-French rejoyner, variant of Middle French rejoindre, equivalent to re- re- + joindre to join
Synonyms
2. respond, retort.
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Examples from the Web for rejoin
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  • All this I saw in the swift gallop down the hill to rejoin the Brigadier.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Had you not better go now, Monsieur, and rejoin your friend?

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • He promised to obey me, and I rode on to rejoin my companions, a little easier in my mind.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • A year later he relinquished his command, without having been able to rejoin.

  • She therefore hurried to rejoin Prosper, who had gone on to the farmhouse with the cart.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for rejoin

rejoin1

/riːˈdʒɔɪn/
verb
1.
to come again into company with (someone or something)
2.
(transitive) to put or join together again; reunite

rejoin2

/rɪˈdʒɔɪn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to say (something) in reply; answer, reply, or retort
2.
(law) to answer (a claimant's reply)
Word Origin
C15: from Old French rejoign-, stem of rejoindre; see re-, join
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Word Origin and History for rejoin
v.1

also re-join, 1520s, "unite again, unite after separation" (transitive), from re- "again" + join (v.). Meaning "join the company of again" is from 1610s. Related: Rejoined; rejoining.

v.2

"to answer," mid-15c., legal term, from Middle French rejoin-, stem of rejoindre "to answer to a legal charge," from Old French re- "back" (see re-) + joindre "to join" (see join). General (non-legal) meaning first recorded 1630s.

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