adjourn

verb
ad·​journ | \ ə-ˈjərn \
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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House Speaker Brian Bosma blamed the Senate for adjourning early on Tuesday and spending several hours honoring departing lawmakers on the session's final day. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "'Worse than the sausage factory.' A minute-by-minute look at how the Indiana legislature came to a wild close," 16 Mar. 2018 On Capitol Hill, negotiations have essentially been at a standstill since Saturday, when both the House and Senate adjourned until Thursday. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Government Shutdown Scuppers Holiday Plans, Threatens to Delay Paychecks," 25 Dec. 2018 The funding fight is something leaders of both parties had hoped to avoid as Congress seeks to wrap up its work for the year and adjourn for the holidays. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border-wall funding," 12 Dec. 2018 That being said, the Republicans quickly adjourned on Thursday when Ms. Hochul suddenly appeared in the chamber. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "State Senate Grinds to a Halt as Neither Party Can Make a Majority," 31 May 2018 Taxes can't be raised during a regular session, so Edwards and Alario have both pushed for adjourning the current regular session early and moving onto a special session for weeks. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Louisiana House Speaker: Ending legislative session May 18 is 'possible'," 8 May 2018 The Senate convened briefly Thursday afternoon before adjourning until Monday, Dec. 31, the latest sign that lawmakers don’t expect to reach an agreement to end the shutdown this year. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Partial Government Shutdown Likely to Stretch Into January," 27 Dec. 2018 Applause broke out in the audience as the court adjourned, while the defendants embraced each other and sang the hymn of the army. Washington Post, "Guatemala: 4 ex-officers convicted of 1981 rights abuses," 23 May 2018 Legislators believed a raise was a fait accompli, but appointees of Gov. Andrew Cuomo adjourned the commission without acting. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Commission Mulls Raises for Cuomo and New York Lawmakers," 20 Nov. 2018

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of adjourn

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

adjourn

verb
ad·​journ | \ ə-ˈjərn \
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

adjourn

transitive verb
ad·​journ | \ ə-ˈjərn \

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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