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rejoin1

[ree-join]
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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become joined together again.
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Origin of rejoin1

First recorded in 1535–45; re- + join

rejoin2

[ri-join]
verb (used with object)
  1. to say in answer; reply, especially to counterreply.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to answer; reply, especially to counterreply.
  2. Law. to answer a plaintiff's replication.
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Origin of rejoin2

1425–75; late Middle English rejoinen < Anglo-French rejoyner, variant of Middle French rejoindre, equivalent to re- re- + joindre to join

Synonyms

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2. respond, retort.
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Historical Examples

  • 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?

  • He promised to obey me, and I rode on to rejoin my companions, a little easier in my mind.

  • A year later he relinquished his command, without having been able to rejoin.

  • He, on the other hand, seemed to dread going to rejoin the comrades.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for rejoin

rejoin1

verb
  1. to come again into company with (someone or something)
  2. (tr) to put or join together again; reunite
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rejoin2

verb (tr)
  1. to say (something) in reply; answer, reply, or retort
  2. law to answer (a claimant's reply)
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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.

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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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