enjoin

[ en-join ]
/ ɛnˈdʒɔɪn /

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. enigmatic,
  2. enigmatize,
  3. enisle,
  4. eniwetok,
  5. enjambment,
  6. enjoinder,
  7. enjoy,
  8. enjoyable,
  9. enjoyment,
  10. enkephalin

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

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British Dictionary definitions for enjoin

enjoin

/ (ɪnˈdʒɔɪn) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsenjoiner, nounenjoinment, noun

Word Origin for enjoin

C13: from Old French enjoindre, from Latin injungere to fasten to, from in- ² + jungere to join

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Word Origin and History for enjoin

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.

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