Enjoin vs join

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Enjoin and join are two words that are similar in spelling and pronunciation, but have different meanings. We will examine the definitions of enjoin and join, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Enjoin means to encourage someone to do something, to demand that someone do something. Enjoin may also mean to prohibit someone from doing something, sometimes by issuing a lawful injunction. Enjoin is a transitive verb, which is a a verb that takes an object. Related words are enjoins, enjoined, enjoining, enjoined, enjoinment. The word enjoin is derived from the Latin word injungere which means to attach, fasten or impose.

Join means to unite two or more things, to connect or link two or more things. Join may also mean the place where two or more things connect together. Join may be used as a noun or a verb, related words are joins, joined, joining, joiner, joinable. The word join is derived from jungere, meaning to unite.


Cape Coral was also enjoined to plant more marine vegetation, such as mangroves, which also stabilize shorelines and more importantly, provide nutrient-rich nurseries for fish. (The News-Press)

AT&T’s attorney spoke of Comcast’s 2011 acquisition of NBCUniversal, but the government pointed out that before settling with Comcast, the Justice Department did indeed file an enforcement action to enjoin that transaction. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Howard County students are joining others from across the country who are organizing to demand stronger gun control laws in the aftermath of this month’s Florida school massacre. (The Baltimore Sun)

Pidcock – the most exciting young talent in British cycling by some distance – is confident he has made the right move in joining Team Wiggins. (The Telegraph)