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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Fortnite fans, rejoice: The advent calendar of your dreams is here. Christina Butan,, "The Fortnite advent calendar from Funko Pop is officially available for preorder," 16 Aug. 2019 That being said, Tata Harper Skincare fans, rejoice. Teen Vogue, "Tata Harper Skincare Birthday Sale On All Our Fave Products," 26 July 2019 Book lovers, rejoice: A new indie bookstore, Commonplace Books, has moved into a space in Fort Worth’s West Bend shopping village. Christian Burno, Dallas News, "New pop-up independent bookstore comes to trendy Fort Worth neighborhood," 17 June 2019 Brewers Nation rejoiced over a crazy Thursday that brought two outfielders to Milwaukee, Christian Yelich in a trade with the Miami Marlins and Lorenzo Cain from the Kansas City Royals in a free-agent deal. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Twitter reaction to the Brewers acquisition of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain," 25 Jan. 2018 But environmental activists shouldn’t rejoice just yet. Yossi Sheffi, The Conversation, "Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment," 23 Aug. 2019 Fans who miss the brats from the former Glockenspiel on West Seventh Street in St. Paul can rejoice. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Day trip to Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City for shopping, dining with Scandinavian flair," 7 July 2019 Metal fans rejoice! Guns 'n Roses will headline the annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience that takes place in City Park Oct. 25-27. Doug Maccash,, "Voodoo Fest 2019 topped by Guns n’ Roses, Post Malone, Beck," 4 June 2019 Hill joins many in Seattle’s black community celebrating Juneteenth as a time for rejoicing freedom’s triumph, while contemplating struggles still unwon. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Juneteenth in Seattle brings jubilation and reflection on justice not yet realized," 21 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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