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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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Release date: Sept. 6, 2019 (consoles), winter 2019 (PC) Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC Monster hunters, rejoice! San Diego Union-Tribune, "Here are the hottest video games to test drive at Comic-Con," 18 July 2019 Other great Drop deals: DSW Shoe fanatics, rejoice! Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "The best Fourth of July deals you can still get," 5 July 2019 Some large percentage of the sports-watching world was inevitably going to rejoice at seeing them fail. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "Why Do Sports Fans Watch — And Rewatch — Injury Footage?," 3 July 2019 Drivers rejoice: The same transportation budget that included the increase in the gasoline tax discourages local governments from using traffic-enforcement cameras,’s Laura Hancock reports. Cliff Pinckard,, "Nate Gray was a key player in early FBI county corruption investigation: The Wake Up for Wednesday, July 3, 2019," 3 July 2019 Related content: Spin the Wheel HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 9 p.m. on Fox Series Debut Fans bummed by Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s cancellation, rejoice: Spin the Wheel aims to be your new favorite game show. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Thursday: Husband and wife Stephen and Ayesha Curry both have new shows on ABC," 20 June 2019 On the third day after the eagle’s death, a photographer got video of the surviving eagle bringing the eaglets a fish, and Facebook followers rejoiced. Nara Schoenberg,, "A tale of lost love, mistaken identity, courageous single parenting — and bald eagles," 18 June 2019 More serious, perhaps, is the revelation that four days before unveiling his case against Lula, Mr Dallagnol doubted its solidity and rejoiced when his team found an old press cutting about the flat. The Economist, "Brazil’s Lava Jato corruption investigation could self-destruct," 15 June 2019 The show, focused on Daria's good friend Jodie, will explore themes of racial and gender identity Daria fans, rejoice!, "Tracee Ellis Ross to Star in and Executive Produce Daria Spinoff Jodie," 13 June 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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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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