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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 of rejoin1
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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  • If attacked in force Ferguson was to retreat and rejoin his leader.

  • All this I saw in the swift gallop down the hill to rejoin the Brigadier.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • If we were discovered, we should make a bolt for it, and trust to rejoin our camp before we were caught.

    In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
  • Had you not better go now, Monsieur, and rejoin your friend?

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • Finding that Pinzon did not rejoin him, he returned to Cuba, and continued for several days sailing along the coast.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
British Dictionary definitions for rejoin

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 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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