adjourn

verb

ad·​journ ə-ˈjərn How to pronounce adjourn (audio)
adjourned; adjourning; adjourns

transitive verb

: to suspend indefinitely or until a later stated time
adjourn a meeting
Court is adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

intransitive verb

1
: to suspend a session indefinitely or to another time or place
Congress will not adjourn until the budget has been completed.
2
: to move to another place
We adjourned to the library.

Examples of adjourn in a Sentence

The chairperson has adjourned the meeting. Court is adjourned until 10:00 tomorrow. The meeting adjourned at 4:00. Congress will not adjourn until the budget has been completed.
Recent Examples on the Web After nearly nine hours of debate, the Missouri Senate adjourned late Wednesday evening without taking action on the legislation. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 4 Apr. 2024 The commission heard arguments from lawyers Tuesday, but immediately adjourned when tornado sirens started going off as a storm moved through the area. Eleanor McCrary, The Courier-Journal, 3 Apr. 2024 The General Assembly adjourned March 9 having snubbed the arena, and Democratic leaders rebuffed Youngkin’s attempts to revive it ahead of a routine April 17 legislative session for considering vetoes and amendments proposed by the governor. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 There are always surprises in the Arizona Legislature, and lots could change before lawmakers adjourn for the year. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 27 Feb. 2024 His nominating convention adjourned without choosing a running mate for him. Ron Elving, NPR, 30 Mar. 2024 But the Senate adjourned without taking up the bill, effectively killing it for the year. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 29 Mar. 2024 The case, which was initially scheduled to begin jury selection on Monday, was adjourned for 30 days by Merchan earlier this month, after defense attorneys raised issues with the late production of over 100,000 pages of potential evidence by federal prosecutors. Olivia Rubin, ABC News, 25 Mar. 2024 But altering the bill in any way would have assured a shutdown; the legislation would have had to be approved again by the House, which had already adjourned for a recess slated to go longer than two weeks. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English ajornen, ajournen, adjornen "to set a day for reconvening (a court or assembly), suspend temporarily, postpone," borrowed from Anglo-French ajorner, ajourner, from a- (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + jorn, jor "day," going back to Late Latin diurnum (Latin, "daily ration, daybook"), from neuter of Latin diurnus "daily" — more at diurnal entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of adjourn was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Adjourn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjourn. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

adjourn

verb
ad·​journ ə-ˈjərn How to pronounce adjourn (audio)
1
: to bring or come to a close for a period of time
Congress adjourned
adjourn a meeting
2
: to move to another place
let us adjourn to the sitting room
adjournment
-mənt
noun

Legal Definition

adjourn

transitive verb
ad·​journ ə-ˈjərn How to pronounce adjourn (audio)
: to put off further proceedings of either indefinitely or until a later stated time : close formally
adjourning the session

intransitive verb

: to suspend a session or meeting till another time or indefinitely : suspend formal business or procedure and disband
the congress will adjourn next month
adjournment noun

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