Definition of rejoice in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈdʒɔɪs/


[no object]
1Feel or show great joy or delight: we spent the evening rejoicing at our victory he rejoiced in her spontaneity
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  • Blunsdon may be rejoicing at the recent decision to build a bypass for the village but compulsory purchase orders for the land required could threaten a number of businesses.
  • Can he really believe that this depiction of extreme violence, with Roman torturers rejoicing at what they do, will somehow make the world a better place?
  • Not everyone was rejoicing at Thompson's appointment, however.
happiness, pleasure, joy, gladness, delight, elation, cheer, jubilation, euphoria, delirium, ecstasy, rapture, transports of delight, exuberance, exultation, glory, triumph, celebration, revelry, merrymaking, festivity, feasting
1.1 (rejoice in) British Used ironically to draw attention to a strange characteristic, especially a name: the guard rejoiced in the name of Blossom
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  • At the latter, another Scottish desk sergeant told me the head of the Scottish Flying Squad, who rejoiced in the name of Fletcher Catchpole, was celebrating his ‘collar’ in the next-door pub.
  • Yes, she grew up in Kikbirnie, heartland of the Ayrshire steelworks, where her school chums rejoiced in names like Lenin McKay and Joseph Stalin McGregor.
  • The client is an extremely rich businessman with a ‘Russian’ accent rejoicing in the name of PG Wodehouse.
1.2 [with object] archaic Cause joy to: I love to rejoice their poor Hearts at this season
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  • His many friends are rejoiced at the happy fruition of his vocation, and will wish him many long years in the sacred ministry to work for the honour and glory of God.
  • Some of the chimes resemble the dolls that usually rejoice infants.
  • The gondola with the music comes every evening at the same time, rejoicing me as I listen.
be joyful, be happy, be pleased, be glad, be delighted, be elated, be ecstatic, be euphoric, be overjoyed, be as pleased as Punch, be cock-a-hoop, be jubilant, be rapturous, be in raptures, be transported, be beside oneself with joy, be delirious, be thrilled, jump for joy, be on cloud nine, be walking/treading on air, be in seventh heaven, exult, glory, triumph;
celebrate, cheer, revel, make merry
informal be over the moon, be on top of the world, be blissed out, whoop it up
Australian informal be wrapped
archaic joy, jubilate
take delight in, find/take pleasure in, find/take satisfaction in, feel satisfaction at, find joy in, enjoy, appreciate, revel in, glory in, bask in, delight in, exult in, triumph over, relish, savour, luxuriate in, wallow in;
be/feel proud of, feel proud about, be proud of oneself for, congratulate oneself on, flatter oneself on, preen oneself on, pat oneself on the back for, give oneself a pat on the back for;
crow about, feel self-satisfied about, vaunt, boast about, brag about, gloat over
archaic pique oneself on/in



Example sentences
  • Be a Thanksgiver, a Praiser and a Rejoicer.
  • Paul was a great example to us of a sacrificial rejoicer.


Middle English (in the sense 'cause joy to'): from Old French rejoiss-, lengthened stem of rejoir, from re- (expressing intensive force) + joir 'experience joy'.

  • joy from Middle English:

    Joy is from Old French joie, based on Latin gaudium, from gaudere ‘rejoice’. In rejoice (Middle English) the re- makes the sense more intense; enjoy (Late Middle English) comes from the Old French enjoier ‘give joy to’.

Words that rhyme with rejoice

bourgeois, Boyce, choice, Joyce, pro-choice, Royce, voice

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Line breaks: re|joice

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