Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To say in reply, especially in sharp response to a reply.
  • intransitive v. To reply.
  • transitive v. To come again into the company of: rejoined his regiment.
  • transitive v. To join together again; reunite.
  • intransitive v. To become joined again.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To join again; to unite after separation.
  • v. To come, or go, again into the presence of; to join the company of again.
  • v. To state in reply; -- followed by an object clause.
  • v. : To answer to a reply.
  • v. To answer, as the defendant to the plaintiff's replication.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To join again; to unite after separation.
  • transitive v. To come, or go, again into the presence of; to join the company of again.
  • transitive v. To state in reply; -- followed by an object clause.
  • intransitive v. To answer to a reply.
  • intransitive v. To answer, as the defendant to the plaintiff's replication.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To join again; unite after separation.
  • To join the company of again; bestow one's company on again.
  • To say in answer to a reply or a second or later remark; reply or answer further: with a clause as object.
  • To answer to a reply; in general, to answer.
  • In law, to answer the plaintiff's replication.

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

  • v. answer back
  • v. join again

Etymologies

Middle English rejoinen, from Old French rejoindre, rejoin- : re-, re- + joindre, to join; see join.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French rejoindre; pref. re- re- + joindre to join. See join, and confer rejoinder. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Would Heaven I wot shall Time e’er deign us twain rejoin!

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The KMT responded with its own referendum, calling for Taiwan to "rejoin" the U.N. under its Republic of China name or whatever name the Taiwan people chose.

    After Chen

  • But the urge to "rejoin" Europe was a powerful motivating factor in the collapse of the Iron Curtain, and it remains strong today -- particularly among young people.

    Backlash In The East

  • May as well claim that it can "rejoin" Holland or Spain....the use of terms like "rejoin" demonstrate clearly how well Beijing controls the discourse on Taiwan.

    Mad Chen Is In The House!

  • But the time that I went to West Point, another reason why I stayed, was that West Point made a decision in the mid - ` 90s to kind of rejoin the rest of the modern world all at once.

    Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point

  • U.S. citizen child (often, many children) invite their parents, siblings or other family members living in Mexico (or the U.S. illegally) to "rejoin" their family, and all of the sudden, every one of them is a U.S. citizen.

    digg.com: Stories / Popular

  • Today in Paris, the French president survived a Parliamentary vote of confidence over his plans to penchant for rip-roaring foreign policy deals shows no sign of halting. points out on FP this week, "rejoin" is an odd phrase for a country that contributes troops to NATO missions and shows up at all the big meetings and events.

    FP Passport

  • rejoin mainland in the manner of Hong Kong: The usual errors -- Taiwan was never part of any Chinese state, so it cannot "rejoin" China.

    Mad Chen Is In The House!

  • (Digression: speaking of "rejoin", it turns out that the term "rebond", now the current buzzword in the hair styling industry, is just jargon for "we will straighten your curly hair.) pirates

    notes from the peanut gallery

  • 'rejoin' a database to its parent once it's been on the road, FileMaker VP Ryan Rosenberg told us that there are script-based sync solutions available from FileMaker's developer network if you have to reconcile detached DBs back into a master file.

    The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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