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[ree-join] /riˈdʒɔɪn/
verb (used with object)
to come again into the company of:
to rejoin a party after a brief absence.
to join together again; reunite.
verb (used without object)
to become joined together again.
Origin of rejoin1
1535-45; re- + join


[ri-join] /rɪˈdʒɔɪn/
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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Examples from the web for rejoin
  • 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.
  • The connections rejoin the fibers higher up, near the top.
  • He must tag the next teammate and rejoin his team members at the end of the line on the border.
  • After six days on the seafloor it was time to rejoin the world above.
  • They are not allowed to rejoin the rest of the group until they have shown some kind of willingness to cooperate or relax.
  • She is not allowed to rejoin us until she calms down and gets quieter.
  • And scare me it did, though the authorities allowed me to rejoin my group after a few hours of interrogation.
British Dictionary definitions for rejoin


to come again into company with (someone or something)
(transitive) to put or join together again; reunite


verb (transitive)
to say (something) in reply; answer, reply, or retort
(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

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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