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[ri-jois] /rɪˈdʒɔɪs/
verb (used without object), rejoiced, rejoicing.
to be glad; take delight (often followed by in):
to rejoice in another's happiness.
verb (used with object), rejoiced, rejoicing.
to make joyful; gladden:
a song to rejoice the heart.
Origin of rejoice
1275-1325; Middle English rejoicen < Old French rejouiss-, long stem of rejouir, equivalent to re- re- + jouir to rejoice; see joy
Related forms
rejoiceful, adjective
rejoicer, noun
prerejoice, verb (used without object), prerejoiced, prerejoicing.
unrejoiced, adjective
1. revel, exult, glory. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rejoice
  • College admissions is transformed, and high-school students everywhere rejoice.
  • Human-resource managers would understandably rejoice at what amounts to more uncompensated overtime.
  • rejoice in others' good work and let that elevate you.
  • We should rejoice that someone has found a subject so captivating that they will risk live and limb in pursuit.
  • rejoice and celebrate this journey we've been given, for it is a gift.
  • When you rejoice in oppressing, you are an oppressor.
  • Savers rejoice at what they see, rightly, as a victory for property rights.
  • Meanwhile, let the world rejoice that it finally has got such a monster behind bars.
  • Fair enough that it's time to rejoice and celebrate a victory, but ultimately it's a symbolic one.
  • Clearly, there are many who would rejoice in such a shift of power, for both ideological as well as humanitarian reasons.
British Dictionary definitions for rejoice


when tr, takes a clause as object or an infinitive; when intr, often foll by in. to feel or express great joy or happiness
(transitive) (archaic) to cause to feel joy
Derived Forms
rejoicer, noun
rejoicing, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French resjoir, from re- + joir to be glad, from Latin gaudēre to rejoice
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Word Origin and History for rejoice

c.1300, "to own, possess, enjoy the possession of, have the fruition of," from Old French rejoiss-, present participle stem of rejoir, resjoir "gladden, rejoice," from re-, which here is of obscure signification, perhaps an intensive (see re-), + joir "be glad," from Latin gaudere "rejoice" (see joy).

Originally sense in to rejoice in. Meaning "to be full of joy" is recorded from late 14c. Middle English also used simple verb joy "to feel gladness; to rejoice" (mid-13c.) and rejoy (early 14c.). Related: Rejoiced; rejoicing.

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