en·​join | \ in-ˈjȯin How to pronounce enjoin (audio) , en- \
enjoined; enjoining; enjoins

Definition of enjoin

transitive verb

1 : to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition enjoined us to be careful
2a : 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

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command, order, bid, enjoin, direct, instruct, charge mean to issue orders. command and order imply authority and usually some degree of formality and impersonality. command stresses official exercise of authority. a general commanding troops order may suggest peremptory or arbitrary exercise. ordered his employees about like slaves bid suggests giving orders peremptorily (as to children or servants). she bade him be seated enjoin implies giving an order or direction authoritatively and urgently and often with admonition or solicitude. a sign enjoining patrons to be quiet direct and instruct both connote expectation of obedience and usually concern specific points of procedure or method, instruct sometimes implying greater explicitness or formality. directed her assistant to hold all calls the judge instructed the jury to ignore the remark charge adds to enjoin an implication of imposing as a duty or responsibility. charged by the President with a secret mission

What do enjoin and junta Have in Common?

Which of these words do you think has the same root as enjoin? a. entelechy b. joy c. junta d. purloin It might help if we tell you that enjoin derives ultimately from the verb jungere, which means "to join." Jungere is behind a number of English words, including join, conjoin,disjoin, and junction. Are you ready for your answer? The correct choice is junta, a term that entered English by way of Spanish. A junta is a committee that controls a government, especially after a revolutionary seizure of power - in other words, a group of persons joined together for a specific purpose.

Examples of enjoin in a Sentence

He was enjoined by his conscience from telling a lie. The judge enjoined them from selling the property.
Recent Examples on the Web On October 15th the House of Representatives passed a measure enjoining America to assess Hong Kong’s autonomy annually and sanction officials who violate it. The Economist, "How the twists and turns of the trade war are hurting growth," 17 Oct. 2019 Even under the most harrowing conditions, in which all manner of silence and separation is enjoined, men and women find ways to create connections and forge new solidarities. Corey Robin, The New York Review of Books, "What People Power Looks Like in a Pandemic Democracy," 13 Apr. 2020 The plaintiffs sued, seeking to enjoin the relevant terms of the settlement, and yesterday Judge Robert Jonker (a Bush appointee) granted their motion for a preliminary injunction. David French, National Review, "Once Again, Progressive Anti-Christian Bigotry Carries a Steep Legal Cost," 27 Sep. 2019 The rule was first enjoined by courts, but the injunction was lifted by the Supreme Court on September 11. Julia Ainsley, NBC News, "Migrants stuck in detention as tough new Trump asylum rule is only partially implemented," 18 Oct. 2019 The decision reversed a Court of Appeals ruling and reinstated a lower court ruling that denied a motion to permanently enjoin the release of state employee names, birthdates, and email addresses. USA TODAY, "Guitar hotel, creepy dolls, slime museum: News from around our 50 states," 25 Oct. 2019 Unless this Court enjoins ICE’s conduct, the fear that exists across our respective states...will persist. oregonlive, "Oregon immigrant advocacy groups file legal brief in support of WA state’s push to bar ICE agents from state courthouses," 19 Jan. 2020 In approving the settlement, Judge Scott Kerner permanently enjoined Irma Acosta Arya from further feedings and ordered her to pay the $53,000 for attorneys’ fees, costs and fines by Feb. 14. Tony Doris, USA TODAY, "Florida woman who feeds alligators, vultures behind her home forced to pay $53K in fines," 17 Jan. 2020 The meaning of that mandate is at the core of the county lawsuit, as well as another legal action filed by environmental groups seeking to enjoin 68 timber sales under the Endangered Species Act. oregonlive, "Department of Forestry’s new management plan is so vague it’s meaningless, critics say," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of enjoin

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for enjoin

Middle English, from Anglo-French enjoindre, from Latin injungere, from in- + jungere to join — more at yoke

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“Enjoin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoin. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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
en·​join | \ in-ˈjȯin How to pronounce enjoin (audio) \

Legal Definition of enjoin

: to prohibit by judicial order : issue an injunction against a three-judge district court had enjoined the plans— W. J. Brennan, Jr.

Other Words from enjoin

enjoinable adjective

History and Etymology for enjoin

Anglo-French enjoindre to impose, constrain, from Old French, from Latin injungere to attach, impose, from in- on + jungere to join

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