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

Synonyms & Antonyms for rejoice


agree (with), content, delight, feast, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy, suit, warm



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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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Aponte and Sanchez rejoiced over the small victory in the checkout line. Morgan Smith,, "Arte al Rescate provides relief to victims of Hurricane Maria through art," 11 July 2018 Viktoria Latishova, a 19-year-old waitress in Saransk on the edge of the steppe, rejoiced at meeting an American for the first time, spilling with curiosity despite her limited English. Angela Charlton, The Christian Science Monitor, "World Cup host Russia defies Soviet-era, hostile image with smiles," 20 June 2018 And the world rejoiced when, after months of speculation, Khloe went public with her pregnancy. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's FULL Relationship Timeline," 12 Apr. 2018 Many liquor stores threw open their doors to customers for the first time since the 1920s, and customers like Trelo, in town to visit his parents in Highland, rejoiced. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Cheers: Hoosiers celebrate resumption of Sunday alcohol sales," 4 Mar. 2018 If so, the Orioles would rejoice — as Weathers has rocketed up draft boards in recent weeks. Richard Morin, azcentral, "MLB mock draft 3.0: Diamondbacks like Oklahoma outfielder," 3 June 2018 What are the hottest tickets this year? Broadway buffs and Colts fans rejoice: Here are eight great sports, music, fashion and film events. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what you need to know about Black Expo 2018," 11 July 2018 What bugged me was that many members of the left and many members of the mainstream media almost rejoiced seriously, in the idea that the summit was off. Fox News, "Rep. Lee Zeldin on release of American from Venezuela," 28 May 2018 Now McNamara's family, friends and fans are rejoicing at the thought that partly thanks to her, a killer may no longer be able to hide in the dark. Isabella Gomez And Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Crime writer Michelle McNamara vowed to find the Golden State Killer. Two years after her death, fans believe she did," 25 Apr. 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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