Synonyms and Antonyms of enjoin

  1. 1 to ask for (something) earnestly or with authority police enjoined the community's full cooperation in getting rid of the drug dealers Synonyms of enjoin call (for), claim, clamor (for), command, demand, exact, insist (on), press (for), quest, stipulate (for)Words Related to enjoin ask, plead (for), request, want; cry (for), necessitate, need, require, take, warrant; requisition; impose; badger, dun, harass, houndNear Antonyms of enjoin give up, relinquish, surrender, yield

  2. 2 to issue orders to (someone) by right of authority undeterred, the captain enjoined his crew to sail at full speed into the mine-filled harbor Synonyms of enjoin adjure, bid, boss (around), charge, direct, command, instruct, order, tellWords Related to enjoin ask, petition, request; beg, beseech, entreat; advise, counsel, warn; appoint, assign, authorize, commission; oversee, superintend, supervise; conduct, control, lead, manage; coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige, requireNear Antonyms of enjoin comply (with), follow, keep, observeAntonyms of enjoin mind, obey

  3. 3 to order not to do or use or to be done or used Quakerism enjoins the taking of human life Synonyms of enjoin ban, bar, forbid, interdict, outlaw, prohibit, proscribeWords Related to enjoin deter, discourage, dissuade; clamp down (on), crack down (on), crush, put down, quash, quell, repress, silence, snuff (out), squash, squelch, subdue, suppress; halt, preclude, prevent, stop; embargo, exclude, rule out, shut out; debar, deprive, disallow, reject, repudiate, veto; bridle, check, curb, inhibit, rein (in), restrain; block, hinder, impede, obstructNear Antonyms of enjoin approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; authorize, license (also licence), warrant; abet, advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, further, nourish, nurture, promote, support; bid, command, order; abide, bear, brook, countenance, endure, tolerateAntonyms of enjoin allow, let, permit, suffer

Synonym Discussion of enjoin

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

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