verb (used without object), re·joiced, re·joic·ing.
to be glad; take delight (often followed by in): to rejoice in another's happiness.
verb (used with object), re·joiced, re·joic·ing.
to make joyful; gladden: a song to rejoice the heart.
Origin of rejoice
1275–1325; Middle English rejoicenRelated formsre·joice·ful, adjectivere·joic·er, nounpre·re·joice, verb (used without object), pre·re·joiced, pre·re·joic·ing.un·re·joiced, adjective
< Old French rejouiss-,
long stem of rejouir,
equivalent to re- re-
+ jouir to rejoice;
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Related Words for rejoice inadmire
British Dictionary definitions for rejoice in
Derived Formsrejoicer, nounrejoicing, noun
(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 for rejoice
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 in
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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Idioms and Phrases with rejoice in
Have or possess something highly desirable, as in He rejoices in a keen mind. [Late 1400s]
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