• IPA: /ɹɪˈd͡ʒɔɪn/, /ɹiːˈd͡ʒɔɪn/

rejoin (rejoins, present participle rejoining; 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.
    • circa 1733–38 Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace, in 1807, William Warburton (editor), The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Volume II, [,+in+the+pensive+grot%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FQCrUbaFJOPqiAea34CAAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Meet%20and%20rejoin%20me%2C%20in%20the%20pensive%20grot%22&f=false page 60],
      Meet and rejoin me, in the pensive grot:
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗:
      , 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:
  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. (legal, intransitive) To answer, as the defendant to the plaintiff's replication.
  6. (patent law, non-standard) 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To re-insert a patent claim, typically after allowance of a patent application, applied to patent claims that had been withdrawn from examination under a restriction requirement, based on rejoinder (patent law).

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