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[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.
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 forms
enjoiner, noun
enjoinment, noun
reenjoin, verb (used with object)
unenjoined, adjective
2. charge, bid, command, require. 3. proscribe, interdict, ban. Unabridged
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  • You desire me to look out a proper husband for your niece: it is with justice you enjoin me that office.

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

  • Looking carefully round him, and then shutting the door softly, he put his finger on his lips, to enjoin them to silence.

    The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat
  • And dropped it in the glowing mass—no priest did this enjoin.

    Gleams of Sunshine Joseph Horatio Chant
  • I enjoin each of you to be prompt and energetic that an early assembling of said Indians at this point may thereby be secured.

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

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Sometimes the courts, instead of going so far, will enjoin them from doing wrongs that are feared.

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

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • By their use the theorist is enabled serenely to enjoin himself from following out an elusive train of causal sequence.

  • 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


verb (transitive)
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 Forms
enjoiner, noun
enjoinment, noun
Word Origin
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

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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