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 rejoice (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 Users can create and personalize avatars to step through the virtual Times Square plaza and the Remembrance Hall to reflect on 2020 before watching the live broadcast on Thursday, Dec. 31, to rejoice in 2021. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "How to Watch the 2021 New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop," 31 Dec. 2020 Filled with music and dancing, this feast is a time to rejoice and renew commitments for personal growth in the year ahead. History & Culture, "Kwanzaa celebrates African-American heritage. Here’s how it came to be—and what it means today.," 22 Dec. 2020 Now, ardent fans of the iconic designer can rejoice—an opportunity has arisen once more to own a piece of his legacy. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Christie's Will Auction More Than 100 of Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel Jewels," 21 Dec. 2020 This year, skincare fanatics and makeup lovers can rejoice because cult-favorite beauty brand Glossier slashed its prices. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "Cyber Monday 2020: The best Glossier deals right now," 30 Nov. 2020 Despite ongoing political turmoil and a worsening public-health crisis, Americans can rejoice in their nation’s triumphs in space. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 16," 21 Nov. 2020 Nowadays, members of the conference can rejoice with a higher level of certainty about what is happening next. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Mid-American Conference releases 2020 football schedule: What to know about CMU, EMU, WMU," 7 Oct. 2020 Our thoughts: Coffee lovers can rejoice over this one. cleveland, "Hot chocolate, anyone? We tasted and ranked 61 cocoa mixes from grocery stores," 11 Dec. 2020 Fans of this furniture store (and of Swedish meatballs) can rejoice — IKEA stores will be open for regular hours on the first of January, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Open on New Year's Day 2021? Here Are All the Stores You Can Shop on January 1," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Rejoice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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