verb (used with object)

to come again into the company of: to rejoin a party after a brief absence.
to join together again; reunite.

verb (used without object)

to become joined together again.

Origin of rejoin

First recorded in 1535–45; re- + join



verb (used with object)

to say in answer; reply, especially to counterreply.

verb (used without object)

to answer; reply, especially to counterreply.
Law. to answer a plaintiff's replication.

Origin of rejoin

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

Synonyms for rejoin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for rejoin

reunite, answer, respond, retort, assemble, reply

Examples from the Web for rejoin

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.

  • She therefore hurried to rejoin Prosper, who had gone on to the farmhouse with the cart.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for rejoin




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



verb (tr)

to say (something) in reply; answer, reply, or retort
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

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.


"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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