Definition of rejoice in US English:



[no object]
  • 1Feel or show great joy or delight.

    ‘he rejoiced in her spontaneity and directness’
    ‘he rejoiced when he saw his friend alive’
    • ‘He knew, with a certainty, that his father would have been rejoicing.’
    • ‘He quickly set her down as soon as she was done rejoicing at his presence.’
    • ‘I cannot tell you the joy of reunion, for no words would suffice to delve into such deep delight, such ecstatic rejoicing!’
    • ‘Liam Griffin amused and captivated his political audience in a venue still rejoicing at Kilkenny's hurling victory.’
    • ‘While rejoicing at the ending of World War II, Baptist women already looked to the challenge of the future.’
    • ‘MARRIAGES ARE always occasions for rejoicing.’
    • ‘He would prefer to die than hear the jeers of people rejoicing at his downfall.’
    • ‘Your father and mother, and your brother, they will rejoice to hear that you live.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every spring there comes a moment when you hear the joyous song of a bird and you rejoice with it that spring has arrived.’
    • ‘Not everyone was rejoicing at Thompson's appointment, however.’
    • ‘Hitler was dead and the world was rejoicing at the end of six years of conflict.’
    • ‘They enjoyed a perfect dinner later that night, laughing and rejoicing at the sight of her home.’
    • ‘There was rejoicing at the Academy and every tenant in the valley cheered his health.’
    • ‘We all laugh now, rejoicing at my inability to remain mute.’
    • ‘This meant genuine sympathy when things went wrong and rejoicing at one another's achievements.’
    • ‘The father, however, rejoiced, for it had cut him to the heart to leave them behind alone.’
    • ‘This is an occasion for all of us to meet and rejoice.’
    • ‘Private carriers for a York parcel delivery company were today rejoicing at the news that they are to be paid at last.’
    happiness, pleasure, joy, gladness, delight, elation, cheer, jubilation, euphoria, delirium, ecstasy, rapture, transports of delight, exuberance, exultation, glory, triumph, celebration, revelry, merrymaking, festivity, feasting
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    1. 1.1archaic with object Cause joy to.
      ‘I love to rejoice their poor Hearts at this season’
      • ‘The gondola with the music comes every evening at the same time, rejoicing me as I listen.’
      • ‘I am rejoiced that the strong and their hosts are coming.’
      • ‘Let the bed that rejoices the heart be prepared!’
      • ‘Some of the chimes resemble the dolls that usually rejoice infants.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 treading on air, be walking on air, be in seventh heaven, exult, glory, triumph
      take delight in, find pleasure in, take pleasure in, find satisfaction in, 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
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Middle English (in the sense ‘cause joy to’): from Old French rejoiss-, lengthened stem of rejoir, from re- (expressing intensive force) + joir ‘experience joy’.