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enjoin

[en-join]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to prescribe (a course of action) with authority or emphasis: The doctor enjoined a strict diet.
  2. to direct or order to do something: He was enjoined to live more frugally.
  3. Law. to prohibit or restrain by an injunction.

Origin of enjoin

1175–1225; Middle English enjoi(g)nen < Old French enjoindre < Latin injungere to fasten to, bring upon. See in-2, join
Related formsen·join·er, nounen·join·ment, nounre·en·join, verb (used with object)un·en·joined, adjective

Synonyms

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2. charge, bid, command, require. 3. proscribe, interdict, ban.
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Examples from the Web for enjoin

Historical Examples

  • And yet with what severity do we enjoin children "not to interrupt" us!

    Spontaneous Activity in Education

    Maria Montessori

  • And dropped it in the glowing mass—no priest did this enjoin.

    Gleams of Sunshine</p>

    Joseph Horatio Chant

  • Every man can understand it, but to conceive it and enjoin it was possible only for God.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • We stepped out from the shadow and held up our hands to enjoin care.

    The Jucklins

    Opie Read

  • Her first movement was to enjoin silence, then to gaze about for the goods.

    Hopes and Fears

    Charlotte M. Yonge


British Dictionary definitions for enjoin

enjoin

verb (tr)
  1. to order (someone) to do (something); urge strongly; command
  2. to impose or prescribe (a condition, mode of behaviour, etc)
  3. law to require (a person) to do or refrain from doing (some act), esp by issuing an injunction
Derived Formsenjoiner, nounenjoinment, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French enjoindre, from Latin injungere to fasten to, from in- ² + jungere to join
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for enjoin

v.

early 13c., engoinen, from stem of Old French enjoindre (12c.) "impose (on), inflict; subject to; assign (to)," from Latin injungere "to join, fasten, attach;" figuratively "to inflict, to attack, impose," from in- "on" (see in- (2)) + jungere "to join" (see jugular). Related: Enjoined; enjoining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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