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enjoin (verb) order very strictly; command.
When a superior enjoins a subordinate to do something, the superior very firmly orders the subordinate to do it. When a court enjoins a firm to close down its factory because of the pollution it is causing, it orders the firm strongly to close it down. The Bible enjoins you to avoid violence; that is, it desires strongly that you forsake violence.
- The court had enjoined the company to pay damages to the injured worker, and as the company failed to obey the court order it was charged with contempt of court.
- Every great religion enjoins its followers to avoid violence, and it is ironical that so many wars have been fought for religious causes.