re-join Unabridged


2 [ri-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.

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

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

rejoin2 (rɪˈdʒɔɪn)
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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Word Origin & History

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

"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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