Definition of enjoin in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈjoin/


[with object]
1Instruct or urge (someone) to do something: [with object and infinitive]: the code enjoined members to trade fairly
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  • The code also enjoins the rebels and the government to refrain from any provocative acts such as arrests, kidnapping and extortion.
  • More than three decades passed before Lewis enjoined his readers to utilize dumb-bells as instruments that would benefit their lungs, improve the condition of their hearts, and enhance their vigor.
  • They enjoin members to be ‘gentle and compassionate, kind and courteous’.
1.1Prescribe (an action or attitude) to be performed or adopted: the charitable deeds enjoined on him by religion
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  • Fasting is one of the five ‘pillars of Islam’ and is enjoined on everyone who has reached puberty.
  • All happens only by the will of Allah and the acceptance of this reality is enjoined on the believers.
  • The first is to explain why - if moral action is a hindrance to nirvana - the texts continually enjoin the performance of good deeds.
1.2 (enjoin someone from) Law Prohibit someone from performing (a particular action) by issuing an injunction.
Example sentences
  • In the meantime, Mr. Meyer is enjoined from in any way further interfering with the flow of water in the channel from the plaintiffs’ land across his land.
  • With respect to the military commissions, we were enjoined from going forward with military commissions by a district court order.
  • The Florida Supreme Court overruled her and enjoined her from certifying.



Example sentences
  • Believers recall the Master's enjoiner, ‘When the time of worship comes, if we are away from home, let us turn westwards to pray to Buddha.
  • There is an implicit echo in this report of Laming's enjoiner to do the basic things well.


Pronunciation: /inˈjoinmənt/
Example sentences
  • The plaintiffs say its search service relies on methods that are too similar to their system, and are demanding an enjoinment and damages.
  • And the terms of reference will include an enjoinment that they stay at the tactical headquarters.


Middle English (formerly also as injoin): from Old French enjoindre, from Latin injungere 'join, attach, impose', from in- 'in, toward' + jungere 'to join'.

Words that rhyme with enjoin

adjoin, Boulogne, coign, coin, conjoin, Des Moines, Dordogne, groin, groyne, join, loin, purloin, quoin, subjoin
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