- to be glad; take delight (often followed by in): to rejoice in another's happiness.
- to make joyful; gladden: a song to rejoice the heart.
Origin of rejoice
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Examples from the Web for rejoice
Pope Francis is certainly a breath of fresh air, and I, for one, rejoice in his style, tone and early pronouncements.Pope Francis Pushes the Church Another Step Further on Gays
October 16, 2014
Let us rejoice that Swedish academicians, rather better inspired than they have been these last 15 years, have crowned this man.Nobel Prize Winner Modiano’s Magical Musical Prose About Paris
October 14, 2014
It was quite interesting, its title was Rejoice That You Are Neurotic.Will There Soon Be Three Living Popes?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 19, 2014
For long-suffering fans, this is presumably a moment to rejoice.The Knicks Aren't a Sports Team. They're a Reality Show, and Phil Jackson is Their Latest Star.
March 12, 2014
It was the president on the line, calling to rejoice with his wife.Joshua DuBois Got Schooled by Obama, the Marriage Counselor in Chief
October 20, 2013
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?The Bacillus of Beauty
Trust him who will; for my part, I rejoice that Time shall not live forever.Time's Portraiture
I rejoice to hear it, Seor, for I seek something from your house.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- (when tr, takes a clause as object or an infinitive ; when intr , often foll by in) to feel or express great joy or happiness
- (tr) archaic to cause to feel joy
Word Origin and History for rejoice
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.