Simple Definition of enjoin
: 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>
Examples of enjoin
He was enjoined by his conscience from telling a lie.
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
Synonym Discussion of enjoin
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