enjoin

verb
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 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 The Supreme Court decided the Pentagon Papers case 12 days after the Nixon administration first went to federal district court to enjoin those documents’ publication. Tom Campbell, Orange County Register, "Trump’s side should be heard before House moves on impeachment: Tom Campbell," 2 Dec. 2019 Like the climate change activists who delayed last week's Harvard-Yale football game and chanted it at the voice enjoining them to leave the field. CBS News, "Faith Salie on the cheeky putdown "OK, Boomer"," 1 Dec. 2019 His lawyers also were enjoined not to suggest a reason for the shooting. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Brother remained silent after shooting sister’s suitor in streets of King William," 9 Nov. 2019 The Arya Samaj not only allows but also encourages and enjoins its women adherents to participate in Vedic rituals. Jaithirth Rao, Quartz India, "Can Hindu conservatives make room for reform in religion?," 4 Nov. 2019 On October 18th a federal court in Tallahassee enjoined Florida from imposing the law against the 17 plaintiffs named in the case, including Mr Mitchell. The Economist, "More of Florida’s former felons may finally get to vote," 24 Oct. 2019 One such decree from the 1920s enjoined Oscar Kern and five co-defendants from operating the Retail Music Roll Association of Philadelphia. Ed Christman, Billboard, "ASCAP & BMI Consent Decrees Review Expected to Conclude This Year While Both Sides Argue Worst-Case Scenarios," 12 Sep. 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/enjoining. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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enjoin

verb
How to pronounce enjoin (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of enjoin

formal
: 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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