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adjourn

verb ad·journ \ə-ˈjərn\

: to end something (such as a meeting or session) for a period of time

Full Definition of ADJOURN

transitive verb
:  to suspend indefinitely or until a later stated time
intransitive verb
1
:  to suspend a session indefinitely or to another time or place
2
:  to move to another place

Examples of ADJOURN

  1. The chairperson has adjourned the meeting.
  2. Court is adjourned until 10:00 tomorrow.
  3. The meeting adjourned at 4:00.
  4. Congress will not adjourn until the budget has been completed.

Origin of ADJOURN

Middle English ajournen, from Old French ajorner to order to appear in court on a certain day, from a- (from Latin ad-) + jour day — more at journey
First Known Use: 15th century

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ADJOURN Defined for Kids

adjourn

verb ad·journ \ə-ˈjərn\
ad·journedad·journ·ing

Definition of ADJOURN for Kids

:  to bring or come to a close for a period of time <adjourn a meeting>
ad·journ·ment \-mənt\ noun

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