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
Recent Examples on the Web Exotic animal lovers can also rejoice, given the addition of a skunk, sloth, otter, and a flamingo emoji. Kevin Wheeler, USA TODAY, "Latest iOS update expands emoji with gender-neutral options plus more animals, foods," 29 Oct. 2019 If France moves to regulate legal cannabis, many doctors, pot smokers, and libertarian economists will surely rejoice. Quartz, "France’s cannabis legalization debate misses one crucial point," 12 Aug. 2019 And vegetarians and vegans can rejoice with options that go beyond french fries, salads and fruit. Priscella Vega,, "O.C. Fair applies finishing touches to open ‘Acres of Fun’ in Costa Mesa," 7 July 2019 The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. Dallas News, "Frederick Douglass speech raises question: Should African-Americans celebrate the Fourth of July?," 2 July 2019 Many media executives would rejoice if U.S. antitrust enforcers moved to break up Google or Facebook or take other drastic action. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Advertisers Are Wary of Breaking Up Google and Facebook," 20 June 2019 Oh, and sensitive-skin types, rejoice: A full lineup of affordable cleansers, moisturizers, and eye products that have the National Eczema Association’s stamp of approval are hitting drugstores this month. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Rosario Dawson’s Beauty Routine Includes Masking With a Side of Meditation," 30 Apr. 2019 Village Trustee Ron LaScala says what’s important now is for Tupper Lake to rejoice in its new Empire League team. USA TODAY, "Cat burglar, prison bats, USS Arizona Memorial: News from around our 50 states," 4 Sep. 2019 With all that good news to rejoice in, Star Wars fans should be able to handle a disappointing development. Melissa Locker, Time, "TSA Says This Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Souvenir Will Not Be Welcome On Flights," 28 Aug. 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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The first known use of rejoice was in the 14th century

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16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rejoice.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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