re-join

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rejoin

2 [ri-join]
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


2. respond, retort.
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rejoin1 (riːˈdʒɔɪn)
 
vb
1.  to come again into company with (someone or something)
2.  (tr) to put or join together again; reunite

rejoin2 (rɪˈdʒɔɪn)
 
vb
1.  to say (something) in reply; answer, reply, or retort
2.  law to answer (a claimant's reply)
 
[C15: from Old French rejoign-, stem of rejoindre; see re-, join]

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rejoin
"join again," 1540s, from re- "again" + join.

rejoin
"to answer," mid-15c., legal term, from M.Fr. rejoin-, stem of rejoindre "to answer to a legal charge," from O.Fr. re- "back" + joindre "to join" (see join). General (non-legal) meaning first recorded 1630s. Rejoinder is mid-15c., from M.Fr. rejoindre; originally "defendant's
answer to the replication."
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