- to prescribe (a course of action) with authority or emphasis: The doctor enjoined a strict diet.
- to direct or order to do something: He was enjoined to live more frugally.
- Law. to prohibit or restrain by an injunction.
Origin of enjoin
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Examples from the Web for enjoined
In addition to Iran and Syria, Paul said he believes “the Turks should be enjoined” in the fight.Rand Paul Wants to Team Up With Assad and Iran to Stop ISIS
September 3, 2014
Like Amalek, the Biblical evil-doer whose name we are enjoined to “blot out.”How Do We Deal with the Baseless Hatred at the Western Wall?
Emily L. Hauser
July 12, 2013
She enjoined all Brazilians to reach out to the grieving families, declaring that “we will—because we must—overcome this” tragedy.Arrests Made in Brazilian Nightclub Inferno
January 28, 2013
I would have answered, but a look from Biddy enjoined silence.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
It is by the Priests that silence is enjoined, and with the power of correction the Priests are then invested.Tacitus on Germany
"You not only may but must," I enjoined; then stopped him at the door.The Lightning Conductor Discovers America</p>
C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
It was dangerous, and I enjoined the King to move carefully.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
We are enjoined to be liberal in our charities and especially in excavating tanks and wells.Les Parsis
- to order (someone) to do (something); urge strongly; command
- to impose or prescribe (a condition, mode of behaviour, etc)
- law to require (a person) to do or refrain from doing (some act), esp by issuing an injunction
Word Origin and History for enjoined
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.