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 And copper alloys like brass have similar antimicrobial effects—grandmillennials rejoice! Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "How Using Copper in Your Home Helps Your Health," 19 Mar. 2020 Friends with nut and soy and seafood allergies rejoice. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "This Cheesy Baked Pasta Was Designed For Children—I Feed It To My Adult Friends," 28 Feb. 2020 Doughnut lovers rejoice: Voodoo Doughnut, the 24-hour kitschy doughnut shop known for its handmade and creative approach to the popular treat, has opened its first Houston location. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Highly anticipated Voodoo Doughnut opens first Houston location," 15 Jan. 2020 And rejoice, Terrace House fans, because Part 2 of the Tokyo series will also go live. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in December," 20 Nov. 2019 Commuters rejoice — after a nearly eight-month closure, a portion of Zionsville Road near I-465 is expected to reopen to traffic in December. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Portion of Zionsville Road near I-465 expected to reopen soon after nearly 8 months," 18 Nov. 2019 Performers and artists rejoice: New England’s largest fringe festival, FRINGEPVD, is underway in Providence through Saturday. Martha Merrow,, "New England’s largest Fringe Festival kicks off in Providence," 24 July 2019 Headbangers rejoice as heavy-metal legends Judas Priest blast through L.A. on the band’s Firepower tour. Andrea Domanick,, "Best live music in L.A.: Misfits, Anderson .Paak, Judas Priest and more," 26 June 2019 Last year, its members rejoiced again when Mexico City lawmakers removed of a clause in the city code that in effect decriminalized prostitution. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, "He fought to protect sex workers from COVID-19 and much more. Then the virus came for him," 6 May 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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The first known use of rejoice was in the 14th century

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rejoice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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