Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To feel joyful; be delighted.
  • intransitive verb To feel joyful about (something).
  • intransitive verb Archaic To fill with joy; gladden.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun The act of rejoicing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

  • verb feel happiness or joy
  • verb to express great joy
  • verb 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

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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