rejoin

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

Origin of rejoin

1
First recorded in 1535–45; re- + join

rejoin

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

Origin of rejoin

2
1425–75; late Middle English rejoinen < Anglo-French rejoyner, variant of Middle French rejoindre, equivalent to re- re- + joindre to join

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Related Words for rejoin

reunite, answer, respond, retort, assemble, reply

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Contemporary Examples of rejoin

Historical Examples of rejoin

  • 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

rejoin

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

rejoin

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

Word Origin for rejoin

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.

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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