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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to feel great joy or delight; elate: It overjoys me to hear of your good fortune. I was overjoyed at her safe arrival.
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Origin of overjoy

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at over-, joy
Related formso·ver·joyed, adjective
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  1. (tr) to give great delight to
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Word Origin and History for overjoy


late 14c., "to rejoice over," from over- + joy (q.v.); translating Latin supergaudere (in Psalms xxxiv, etc.). Transitive sense of "to fill with gladness" is first recorded 1570s (now usually in past participle overjoyed).

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