v. re·joiced, re·joic·ing, re·joic·es
To feel joyful; be delighted: rejoiced at the news; rejoiced in her friend's good fortune.
1. To feel joyful about (something): rejoiced that the ship reached land.
2. Archaic To fill with joy; gladden.
To have or possess: rejoices in a keen mind.
[Middle English rejoicen, from Old French rejoir, rejoiss- : re-, re- + joir, to be joyful (from Vulgar Latin *gaudīre, from Latin gaudēre; see gāu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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