Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To feel joyful; be delighted: rejoiced at the news; rejoiced in her friend's good fortune.
  • transitive v. To fill with joy; gladden.
  • rejoice in To have or possess: rejoices in a keen mind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of rejoicing.
  • intransitive v. To feel joy; to experience gladness in a high degree; to have pleasurable satisfaction; to be delighted.
  • transitive v. To enjoy.
  • transitive v. To give joi to; to make joyful; to gladden.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make joyful; gladden; animate with lively and pleasurable sensations; exhilarate.
  • To enjoy; have the fruition of.
  • To feel joy on account of.
  • To experience joy and gladness in a high degree; be exhilarated with lively and pleasurable sensations; be joyful; feel joy; exult: followed by at or in, formerly by of, or by a subordinate clause.
  • n. The act of rejoicing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. feel happiness or joy
  • v. to express great joy
  • v. be ecstatic with joy

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English rejoicen, from Old French rejoir, rejoiss- : re-, re- + joir, to be joyful (from Vulgar Latin *gaudīre, from Latin gaudēre; see gāu- in Indo-European roots).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French resjoir, (Modern French réjouir)

Examples

  • One week later, fans can again rejoice with the release of The Elephant Man!

    David Lynch fans, rejoice!!!

  • Then they would walk in the light of His countenance indeed, and 'in His name rejoice all the day, and in His righteousness for ever be exalted.'

    Narratives of Colored Americans,

  • : "Be not carried off your feet by the grandeur you have lately seen in Me, but remember what I have told you, and now tell you again, that that Sun in whose beams ye now rejoice is soon to set in midnight gloom."

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • His sufferings [De Wette, Stier, Alford, &c.]; that is, "Be not carried off your feet by all this grandeur of Mine, but bear in mind what I have already told you, and now distinctly repeat, that that Sun in whose beams ye now rejoice is soon to set in midnight gloom."

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • They will be happy, "for the Lord will again rejoice over them for good, as He rejoiced over their fathers."

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • To prevent them from supposing that the service to which he calls them is grievous, he teaches them by the word rejoice how pleasant and desirable it is, since it furnishes matter of true gladness.

    Reformed Baptist Fellowship

  • The fuller knowledge of His friendly greatness leads to joy in Him which makes the spirit bound as in a dance -- for such is the meaning of the word 'rejoice' -- and which yet is calm and deep.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture St. Luke

  • 13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Women

  • In addition, Adidas subjected the new ball, nicknamed Jabulani, which means "rejoice" or "celebration" in Zulu, to its own testing, including kicking it with a mechanical foot (think of a soccer version of golf's Iron Byron) thousands of times.

    The Ball They Can't Leave Alone

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  • An amusing piece of Through the Looking-Glass:

    "What sort of insects do you rejoice in, where you come from?" the Gnat inquired. ("I don't rejoice in insects at all," Alice explained, "because I'm rather afraid of them—")

    July 18, 2008