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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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  • In vain was it shown that they had been enjoined by their constituents to continue the struggle.

    Through Shot and Flame J. D. Kestell.
  • I would have answered, but a look from Biddy enjoined silence.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • A letter-carrier will cover thirty-five miles of hilly road as an ordinary day's march, and more if haste is enjoined.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
  • It is by the Priests that silence is enjoined, and with the power of correction the Priests are then invested.

  • He was again, under oath, enjoined secrecy, which he promised.

    Records of The Spanish Inquisition Andrew Dickson White
  • It was dangerous, and I enjoined the King to move carefully.

  • He gave him a magnificent Latin certificate, and enjoined silence on the abb de Frilair, who was venturing to remonstrate.

British Dictionary definitions for enjoined


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 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.

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