rejoin

1 [ree-join]
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:
1535–45; 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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The chimps would rejoin a dwindling cadre of research primates.
We turned the corner of the gymnasium to rejoin about a hundred other evacuated
  persons.
If they get lost, they maintain the rule of what happens for them to be able to
  rejoin the flock.
But workers did not throng to rejoin the old structures.
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