re·​joice | \ri-ˈjȯis \
rejoiced; rejoicing

Definition of rejoice 

transitive verb

: to give joy to : gladden

intransitive verb

: to feel joy or great delight

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Other Words from rejoice

rejoicer noun
rejoicingly \ri-​ˈjȯi-​siŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of rejoice in a Sentence

We all rejoiced over our friend's good luck. rejoiced over our unexpected victory on the soccer field

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The pieces are monumental, varied, and bold, a beauty (and an expression of wealth and style) meant to be flashed and strutted and layered on and rejoiced in. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 As a cool drizzle greeted students stepping off school buses and into Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Thursday morning, their families and caretakers rejoiced. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Charter schools can continue to receive state funding, Washington’s Supreme Court rules," 25 Oct. 2018 Commenters rejoiced that the Palace didn't try to hide Meghan's dress as a faux pas. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Isn't the Only Royal Who's Worn a Leg Slit," 23 Oct. 2018 When the day comes that PCs ship without these apps, many Windows users will truly rejoice. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft offers to kill more (of its own) bloatware with a new Windows 10 build," 18 Oct. 2018 At the beginning of this year, Twitter rejoiced when Sony announced that Tom Hanks had been cast as Mister Rogers in an upcoming, still untitled biopic about the late television personality. Andrea Park, Glamour, "The Internet Can't Take This First Look of Tom Hanks Playing Mister Rogers," 27 Sep. 2018 When winter’s frigid winds prevail, most of us can be firmly divided into two distinct camps: those who rejoice, and those who’d prefer to hightail it to warmer climes. Vogue, "Day 12: Embrace the Cold," 12 Nov. 2018 Cincinnati Reds players rejoice after their World Series victory over Boston in 1975. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Boston Red Sox: Greatest Season of All Time?," 29 Oct. 2018 The Verge People who primarily watch YouTube videos via their computers can rejoice: in-browser mini-players are finally available for desktop users. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube introduces mini-player for desktop browsers," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of rejoice

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for rejoice

Middle English, from Anglo-French rejois-, stem of rejoier, rejoir, from re- + joir to welcome, enjoy, from Latin gaudēre to be glad — more at joy

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English Language Learners Definition of rejoice

: to feel or show that you are very happy about something


re·​joice | \ri-ˈjȯis \
rejoiced; rejoicing

Kids Definition of rejoice

: to feel or show joy or happiness We rejoiced over their good luck.

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