enjoin


en·join

transitive verb \in-ˈjin, en-\

: to direct or order (someone) to do something

: to prevent (someone) from doing something; especially : to give a legal order preventing (someone) from doing something

Full Definition of ENJOIN

1
:  to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition <enjoined us to be careful>
2
a :  forbid, prohibit <was enjoined by conscience from telling a lie>
b :  to prohibit by a judicial order :  put an injunction on <a book had been enjoined prior to publication — David Margolick>

Examples of ENJOIN

  1. He was enjoined by his conscience from telling a lie.
  2. The judge enjoined them from selling the property.

Origin of ENJOIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French enjoindre, from Latin injungere, from in- + jungere to join — more at yoke
First Known Use: 13th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: enjoinder
Previous Word in the Dictionary: enjewel
All Words Near: enjoin

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up enjoin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More