[ 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

Other words for rejoice

Other words from rejoice

  • re·joice·ful, adjective
  • re·joic·er, noun
  • pre·re·joice, verb (used without object), pre·re·joiced, pre·re·joic·ing.
  • un·re·joiced, adjective

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How to use rejoice in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rejoice


/ (rɪˈdʒɔɪs) /

  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

Origin of rejoice

C14: from Old French resjoir, from re- + joir to be glad, from Latin gaudēre to rejoice

Derived forms of rejoice

  • rejoicer, noun
  • rejoicing, noun

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