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rejoin1

[ree-join] /riˈdʒɔɪn/
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.
verb (used without object)
3.
to become joined together again.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; re- + join

rejoin2

[ri-join] /rɪˈdʒɔɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to say in answer; reply, especially to counterreply.
verb (used without object)
2.
to answer; reply, especially to counterreply.
3.
Law. to answer a plaintiff's replication.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English rejoinen < Anglo-French rejoyner, variant of Middle French rejoindre, equivalent to re- re- + joindre to join
Synonyms
2. respond, retort.
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British Dictionary definitions for re join

rejoin1

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

rejoin2

/rɪˈdʒɔɪn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to say (something) in reply; answer, reply, or retort
2.
(law) to answer (a claimant's reply)
Word Origin
C15: from Old French rejoign-, stem of rejoindre; see re-, join
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Word Origin and History for re join

rejoin

v.

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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