- 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 enjoin
And yet with what severity do we enjoin children "not to interrupt" us!Spontaneous Activity in Education
And dropped it in the glowing mass—no priest did this enjoin.Gleams of Sunshine
Joseph Horatio Chant
Every man can understand it, but to conceive it and enjoin it was possible only for God.War and Peace
We stepped out from the shadow and held up our hands to enjoin care.The Jucklins
Her first movement was to enjoin silence, then to gaze about for the goods.Hopes and Fears
Charlotte M. Yonge
- 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 enjoin
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.