AskDefine | Define rejoice

Dictionary Definition

rejoice

Verb

1 feel happiness or joy [syn: joy]
2 to express great joy; "Who cannot exult in Spring?" [syn: exult, triumph, jubilate]
3 be ecstatic with joy [syn: wallow, triumph]

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English

Etymology

From Old French resjoir, later réjouir, from re- + esjoir (modern French éjouir), from joir ‘joy’.

Pronunciation

  • /rɪˈʤɔɪs/, /rI"dZOIs/

Verb

  1. To make happy, exhilarate.
  2. To be very happy, be delighted, exult; to feel joy.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 6.
      Obscurity, indeed, is painful to the mind as well as to the eye ; but to bring light from obscurity, by whatever labour, must needs to be delightful and rejoicing.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adore, animate, appreciate, bask in, be pleased with, boost, brighten, buoy up, caper, caracole, carol, celebrate, cheer, chirp, chirrup, clap hands, dance, delight, delight in, derive pleasure from, devour, eat up, encourage, enjoy, enliven, exhilarate, exult, feast on, freak out on, frisk, frolic, gambol, get high on, give a lift, gladden, gloat over, glory, groove on, hearten, indulge in, inspire, inspirit, invigorate, joy, jubilate, like, lilt, liven, love, luxuriate in, pick up, rejoice, rejoice in, rejoice the heart, relish, revel, revel in, riot in, rollick, romp, savor, sing, skip, skip for joy, smack the lips, swim in, take pleasure in, vitalize, wallow in
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