re·​joice | \ ri-ˈjȯis How to pronounce rejoice (audio) \
rejoiced; rejoicing

Definition of rejoice

transitive verb

: to give joy to : gladden

intransitive verb

: to feel joy or great delight
rejoice in

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Other Words from rejoice

rejoicer noun
rejoicingly \ ri-​ˈjȯi-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce rejoicingly (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Disney fans, rejoice: The entertainment giant's new streaming platform, Disney+, launches on November 12, and with it comes unlimited access to all your childhood favorites. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Disney+ Shows & Movies: Get the Full Content Lineup Now," 12 Nov. 2019 Large crowds formed in the main squares in the capital, with many people rejoicing and some crying tears of joy. Author: Paola Flores And Carlos Valdez, Anchorage Daily News, "Bolivia’s president resigns amid election-fraud allegations," 11 Nov. 2019 Large crowds formed in the main squares in the capital, with many people rejoicing and some crying tears of joy. Paola Flores And Carlos Valdez,, "Bolivian President Evo Morales resigns amid election-fraud allegations and deadly protests," 10 Nov. 2019 All across the state, Dems flipped seats, Republicans flipped seats, and both sides rejoiced. Michael Hamad,, "Capitol Watch Podcast: Ben Florsheim’s big win, Luke Bronin gets reelected in Hartford, and other Election Day 2019 recaps," 7 Nov. 2019 Silver Knights rejoice There was no post-race drama for Summit Country Day. Shelby Dermer,, "Cross Country: St. Xavier, Summit Country Day win state team championships," 2 Nov. 2019 Britney Spears fans rejoice because an amazing experience is coming your way! Darlene Aderoju,, "The 'Ultimate Britney Spears Fan Experience' Is Coming to Los Angeles — All the Details," 30 Oct. 2019 He will be acquitted in the Senate, and Republicans can rejoice. Gary Abernathy, Twin Cities, "Gary Abernathy: How does this all end? Just as it should: With the 2020 election.," 3 Oct. 2019 So, when it was announced that Savage X Fenty would be staging its very own show and debuting it on Amazon Prime, the universe rejoiced. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Savage X Fenty's NYFW 2019 Show Was a Euphoric Celebration of Individuality," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of rejoice was in the 14th century

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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rejoice.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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How to pronounce rejoice (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rejoice

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


re·​joice | \ ri-ˈjȯis How to pronounce rejoice (audio) \
rejoiced; rejoicing

Kids Definition of rejoice

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

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