Meaning of “enjoin” in the English Dictionary

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"enjoin" in British English

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enjoinverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈdʒɔɪn/ us /ɪnˈdʒɔɪn/

formal to tell someone to do something or to behave in a particular way:

[ + to infinitive ] We were all enjoined to be on our best behaviour.
He enjoined (= suggested) caution.

US specialized law to legally force someone to do something or stop doing something

(Definition of “enjoin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"enjoin" in American English

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enjoinverb [ T ]

us /ɪnˈdʒɔɪn/

to legally forbid or stop something by order of a court:

The prosecutor’s office hopes the court will enjoin the city from enforcing the law.

Enjoin also means to order or strongly encourage someone to do something:

Lawyers are enjoined to follow high ethical principals.

(Definition of “enjoin” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)