- To rejoice is to feel great happiness or joy, or to take great pleasure in something.
When you feel great pleasure after you have had a baby, this is an example of a time where you rejoice.
intransitive verbrejoiced, rejoicing
Origin of rejoiceMiddle English rejoissen ; from inflectional stem of Old French rejoïr ; from re-, again + joïr, to be glad ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form gaudire, for Classical Latin gaudere, to rejoice: see joy
verbre·joiced, re·joic·ing, re·joic·es
- To feel joyful about (something): rejoiced that the ship reached land.
- Archaic To fill with joy; gladden.
Origin of rejoiceMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present rejoices, present participle rejoicing, simple past and past participle rejoiced)
From Old French resjoir, (Modern French réjouir)