• IPA: /ɛnˈdʒɔɪn/, /ɪnˈdʒɔɪn/, /ənˈdʒɔɪn/

enjoin (enjoins, present participle enjoining; past and past participle enjoined)

  1. (transitive, chiefly, literary) To lay upon, as an order or command; to give an injunction to; to direct with authority; to order; to charge.
    • 1596, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene 9
      I am enjoin'd by oath to observe three things:
    • 1611, King James Bible - Esther 9:31,
      to confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them […]
  2. (transitive, legal) To prohibit or restrain by a judicial order or decree; to put an injunction on.
    • 1989, Western Oregon Program—Management of Competing Vegetation: Proposed Record of Decision, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Chapter 1, p. 9,
      In 1983, BLM was enjoined by court order from using any herbicides in its Medford, Oregon District. Subsequent court action in 1984 enjoined BLM from the use of herbicides throughout Oregon and the U.S. Forest Service was similarly enjoined throughout Region 6 (Pacific Northwest).
    • This is a suit to enjoin the defendants from disturbing the plaintiffs.
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