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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International viewers can rejoice as the awards confirmed that the telecast will also be available for those outside of the U.S. Need to brush up on which movies and television shows are nominated? Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Watch the 2019 SAG Awards Online," 25 Jan. 2019 Console players everywhere are rejoicing with the news that after months of bullish denials, Sony capitulated and will soon allow PS4 players to link up with people on Xbox, Switch, and mobile platforms — at least for select third-party games. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite cross-play on PS4 ushers in a new era of the console wars," 26 Sep. 2018 Wine lovers, rejoice—the ultimate in wine coolers is here. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Zephyr's Presrv Dual Zone Wine Cooler Is the Ultimate Must-Have for Wine Lovers," 6 Mar. 2019 Riverdale fans rejoice because not only is season 3 of the show coming back, but two stars from the series just had a trailer drop for their new movie together. Nicole Weaver, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Is a Sugar Baby in New Trailer for Rom-Com "The New Romantic"," 19 Sep. 2018 Cultures for Health Organic Vegetable Rennet Vegetarian cheese lovers, rejoice! Grace Dickinson,, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 Cuban lovers rejoice: this may be the best way to enjoy pickles and Swiss cheese on bread. Fox News, "Best burgers to grill up for your Memorial Day weekend cookout," 25 May 2016 Social media fans and iPhone photography enthusiasts, rejoice! Alyssa Vingan, Marie Claire, "Say Hello to New Instagram Video!," 20 June 2013 Still, after markets rejoiced Monday following news of the agreement with Mexico, investors are waiting to see if other compromises will follow. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Tech Sector Drives U.S. Stocks Higher," 29 Aug. 2018

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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