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French rejoindre; pref. re- re- + joindre to join. See join, and confer rejoinder.


rejoin (third-person singular simple present rejoins, present participle rejoining, simple past and past participle rejoined)

  1. To join again; to unite after separation.
  2. To come, or go, again into the presence of; to join the company of again.
    • c. 1733–38, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace, in 1807, William Warburton (editor), The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Volume II, page 60,
      Meet and rejoin me, in the pensive grot:
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 16
      The pair parted company and Stephen rejoined Mr Bloom who, with his practised eye, was not without perceiving that he had succumbed to the blandiloquence of the other parasite. Alluding to the encounter he said, laughingly, Stephen, that is:
    • 2012 May 13, Andrew Benson, “Williams's Pastor Maldonado takes landmark Spanish Grand Prix win”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Williams had a problem fitting his left rear tyre and that left Alonso only 3.1secs adrift when he rejoined from his final stop three laps later.
  3. (archaic) To state in reply; -- followed by an object clause.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      'Be careful what you do,' rejoined another man's voice that I did not know, 'lest someone see you digging, and scent us out.'
  4. (archaic, intransitive): To answer to a reply.
  5. (law, intransitive) To answer, as the defendant to the plaintiff's replication.
  6. (patent law, nonstandard) in US patent law To re-insert a patent claim, typically after allowance of a patent application, applied to patent claims that had been withdrawn from examination under a restriction requirement, based on rejoinder (patent law).