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

Definition of adjourn

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.

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Arizona House adjourned Thursday but Butler hopes to push for changes during an as-yet unscheduled special session of the Legislature to address the impact of the pandemic. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Democrats want Arizona to increase jobless benefits, make more people eligible," 22 May 2020 The House has not announced any plans to declare recess or adjourn its activities through July 21. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Did the House add a recess provision to stimulus bill?," 17 May 2020 Malaysia adjourned former leader Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial over concern his lawyer may have been exposed to the new coronavirus. Hadi Azmi,, "Malaysia Adjourns Najib’s 1MDB Trial on Coronavirus Concern," 12 May 2020 City Council had planned to discuss its concerns with Folarin at the May 5 council meeting, but before the April 28 meeting had even adjourned, Folarin sent an email to Adams to cancel the sales contracts. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Buyer cancels contracts after Brook Park City Council questions properties’ sales prices," 8 May 2020 Figures, a senator since 1997, said the Legislature should adjourn for the remainder of this session and return in September to pass state budgets and take care of other essential business. Mike Cason |, al, "Sen. Vivian Figures says it’s not safe for lawmakers to return in May," 24 Apr. 2020 The top Senate Republican, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, quickly made clear that Congress would not adjourn. New York Times, "Trump Considers Billionaire Investor for Intelligence Job," 16 Apr. 2020 Republican lawmakers want to keep polls open and just hours before Evers issued his order adjourned the Legislature without taking up a plan to delay the election that Evers called for on Friday. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issues order shutting down Tuesday's election," 6 Apr. 2020 Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "It’s Time to Let Congress Vote Remotely," 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of adjourn

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for adjourn

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

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“Adjourn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of adjourn

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


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

Kids Definition of adjourn

: to bring or come to a close for a period of time adjourn a meeting

Other Words from adjourn

adjournment \ -​mənt \ noun
ad·​journ | \ ə-ˈjərn How to pronounce adjourn (audio) \

Legal Definition of adjourn

: 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

Other Words from adjourn

adjournment noun

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