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Definition of rejoice verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rejoice

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒɔɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒɔɪs//
 
[intransitive, transitive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rejoice
BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒɔɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒɔɪs//
 
he / she / it rejoices
BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒɔɪsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒɔɪsɪz//
 
past simple rejoiced
BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒɔɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒɔɪst//
 
past participle rejoiced
BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒɔɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒɔɪst//
 
-ing form rejoicing
BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒɔɪsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒɔɪsɪŋ//
 
 
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  • to express great happiness about something When the war ended, people finally had cause to rejoice. rejoice at/in/over something The motor industry is rejoicing at the cut in car tax. rejoice to do something They rejoiced to see their son well again. rejoice that… I rejoice that justice has prevailed.
  • Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘cause joy to’): from Old French rejoiss-, lengthened stem of rejoir, from re- (expressing intensive force) + joir ‘experience joy’.Idioms
    rejoice in the name of…
     
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    (British English, humorous) to have a name that sounds funny He rejoiced in the name of Owen Owen.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rejoice

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