rejoice

verb
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

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As the group made their way into the main space, everyone rejoiced in the beauty of the details. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "Women Ruled at this Kering and Colby Mugrabi–Hosted Dinner," 12 Mar. 2019 And while the whole of the internet is rejoicing over the fact that their fave band is getting back together, people are also wondering about another beloved boy band that's been teasing a reunion tour for a while now. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "The Jonas Brothers Reunion Is Making Fans Beg One Direction To Get Back Together on Twitter," 28 Feb. 2019 In between shopping and eating—try Grandpa for natty clothes and ahead-of-the-curve scents, and Surfers for unpretentious Swedish-Asian food that local chefs rejoice over—rub shoulders with Skarsgårds at the city’s best nightlife. Andrew Richdale, GQ, "Five Gay Vacation Spots That Are Less Tired Than Fire Island," 21 June 2018 Fry-fanatics, rejoice: McDonald’s has responded to your pleas with its best promotion to date. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Free Fries at McDonald's Every Friday," 21 July 2018 The holiday season is a time to relax, rejoice, and spend—on gifts for you and yours and theirs. Molly Creeden, Vogue, "Olivia Wilde Reveals 18 Covetable—and Socially Conscious!—Gifts That Give Back," 21 Dec. 2018 Attorney General Andy Beshear rejoiced and Gov. Matt Bevin decried the setback. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's pension reform law was ruled unconstitutional: What to know," 21 June 2018 Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Israeli food fans, rejoice! Marley Marius, Vogue, "11 Cookbooks for Every Foodie on Your List," 15 Nov. 2018 Family members who have kept vigil at the mouth of the cave since their ordeal began June 23 rejoiced at the news that their boys and their coach had been found. Tassanee Vejpongsa, chicagotribune.com, "Thai official: Boys may have to dive from cave despite peril," 3 July 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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rejoice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rejoice

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

rejoice

verb
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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