• WordNet 3.6
    • v enjoin give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority "I said to him to go home","She ordered him to do the shopping","The mother told the child to get dressed"
    • v enjoin issue an injunction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Enjoin To join or unite.
    • Enjoin To lay upon, as an order or command; to give an injunction to; to direct with authority; to order; to charge. "High matter thou enjoin'st me.""I am enjoined by oath to observe three things."
    • Enjoin (Law) To prohibit or restrain by a judicial order or decree; to put an injunction on. "This is a suit to enjoin the defendants from disturbing the plaintiffs."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • enjoin To join; unite.
    • enjoin To lay upon, as an order or command; put an injunction upon; order or direct with urgency; admonish or instruct with authority; command.
    • enjoin In law, to prohibit or restrain by a judicial order called an injunction: used absolutely of a thing, or with from of a person: as, the court enjoined the prosecution of the work; the defendant was enjoined from proceeding.
    • enjoin To lay as an injunction; enforce by way of order or command: as, I enjoin it on you not to disappoint me; he enjoined upon them the strictest obedience.
    • enjoin Synonyms Enjoin, Direct, Command; to bid, require, urge, impress upon. Johnson says enjoin is more authoritative than direct and less imperious than command. It has the force of pressing admonition with authority; as, a parent enjoins on his children the duty of obedience. But it has also the sense of command: as, the duties enjoined by God in the moral law.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Enjoin en-join′ to lay upon, as an order: to order or direct with authority or urgency
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. enjoindre, L. injungere, to join into, charge, enjoin; in + jungere, to join. See Join, and cf. Injunction
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. enjoindre—L. injungĕrein, and jungĕre, to join.


In literature:

Koran enjoins to be distributed among the poor.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Nevertheless, the Apostle enjoined submission to it, and taught its subjects how to demean themselves under it.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Nevertheless, the Apostle enjoined submission to it, and taught its subjects how to demean themselves under it.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Hitherto defensive precautions only have been strictly enjoined and observed.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
Enjoin but the terms I can make my peace with you upon, and I will instantly comply.
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Moderation enjoined by the Mosaic law in the punishment of offenders.
"Some Historical Account of Guinea, Its Situation, Produce, and the General Disposition of Its Inhabitants" by Anthony Benezet
It was indispensable in such a navigation to make no mistake, and Mark enjoined the utmost vigilance on his friend.
"The Crater" by James Fenimore Cooper
And he of cultured soul devoted himself to the pursuits enjoined in the sacred writ.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
As it chanced, the surgeons in attendance on Dunborough had enjoined quiet, and forbidden visitors.
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
You know all I have enjoined upon him; watch and see that it be observed.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume III. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot

In poetry:

Though God above thou canst not see,
Yet in his Word he talks with thee,
And shews thee, thence, his sacred will,
Which he enjoins thee to fulfil.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
Whate'er the law enjoins thee, do —
Whate'er advice it gives, pursue :—
For if thou shalt the law fulfil,
Thou shalt surpass thy Teacher's skill.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
To do, whatever is by God enjoin'd —
Whatever he forbids thee, to eschew —
His Word to study with an humble mind —
Is the true service God wou'd have thee do.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
For not a single corn will rush to birth
Of all that I've intrusted to the earth,
If thou dost not enjoin the blade to spring,
And the young shoot to full perfection bring.
"The Farmer's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
From hence it may to all be clearly known,
How strictly we shou'd keep the sabbath day!
Since God enjoin'd the Jewish host to stone
The man, who broke it first, without delay.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
Sad we left our loves behind us --
Blow, my bully boys, blow;
To be true they long enjoined us --
Blow, my bully boys, blow. But we found in foreign places Welcome smiles on fairer faces --
Blow, blow, my bully boys, blow!
"Yankee Packet " by Edwin James Brady

In news:

FINRA Arbitrators Enjoin Brokerage Raid And Enforce Non-Compete.
ANA Applauds Court Decision Enjoining FDA's Graphic Warnings Rule for Tobacco Products.
Civil Rights – Due Process — Federal Enjoinment of State Actions.
Federal Enjoinment of State Actions.
In August of 2005, the commission entered a final judgment against Vassallo, enjoining him from committing further securities fraud.
What attitude of mind does a perception of the inward holiness or religious sanctity of marriage enjoin upon those who suffer from any of the offenses included in the violation of the outward bond?—a vindictive attitude or a forgiving one.
Where defendants have been enjoined from renting housing to four or more college students, the injunctive order was valid under the lodging house statute.
For one thing, Islam enjoined against figuration.
Today we have Reuters reporting that a Detroit prosecutor has filed a motion to enjoin Jones from holding a big—well, big by Jones' standards might be 10 people—rally outside a Michigan mosque on Friday.
Age of the Hobbits, which a federal judge enjoined Monday from release in the US under that title, has a new name.
The judge found no reason to enjoin the canvassing based on plaintiffs' arguments that the ballot language was illegal...
Age of the Hobbits, which a federal judge enjoined Monday from release in the US under that title, has a new name.
Justice Paul Baisley, Jr "annulled" the closing and "enjoined" the university from taking any further action to close the campus.
Defendants' facilitation of patient-to-patient marijuana sales is enjoined as a public nuisance.
In her first interview since giving birth, Bristol Palin told CNN Fox that enjoining young people to be abstinent is "not realistic at all".