enjoin[en jo̵in′, in-]
When the court issues an injunction stopping you from revealing trade secrets, this is an example of a time when the court enjoins.
- to urge or impose with authority; order; enforce: to enjoin silence on a class
- to prohibit, esp. by legal injunction; forbid: the company was enjoined from using false advertising
- to order (someone) authoritatively to do something, esp. by legal injunction
Origin of enjoinMiddle English enjoinen ; from Old French enjoindre ; from Classical Latin injungere, to join into, put upon ; from in-, in + jungere, join
transitive verben·joined, en·join·ing, en·joins
- a. To direct (a person) to do something; order or urge: The doctor enjoined the patient to walk daily.b. To require or impose (an action or behavior, for example) with authority and emphasis; prescribe.
- To prohibit or forbid: The judge enjoined the merger of the firms. The court enjoined the company from merging with its competitor.
Origin of enjoinMiddle English enjoinen, from Old French enjoindre, from Latin iniungere : in-, causative pref.; see en–1 + iungere, to join; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present enjoins, present participle enjoining, simple past and past participle enjoined)
- injunction noun
From Old French enjoindre (“to join with”), from Latin iniungo (“to attach”), a compound of in- (“into” “upon”) and iungo.
enjoin - Legal Definition