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.

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 While some emergency spending can be approved when lawmakers aren’t in session, decisions about most new spending commitments iwill need to happen between now and March 7, when lawmakers must adjourn. oregonlive, 9 Feb. 2022 That means the law officially takes effect 90 days after lawmakers formally adjourn their current legislative session. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2021 The General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats, sent the implementation bill to Hogan in time to override a veto, if the governor rejects the measure, before lawmakers adjourn April 11. Brian Witte, Baltimore Sun, 1 Apr. 2022 This debate over Crumbley's incarceration occurred during a probable cause conference, though both sides agreed to adjourn it until Jan. 7 due to the large amount of evidence in the case. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 13 Dec. 2021 Around 10:30 am, inside the tabulation room in the 19th-floor election office, Leahy huddled with Kaplan, alongside Bush lawyer Neal Connolly and Gore lawyer Jack Young, deliberating whether the board should adjourn downstairs. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, 10 Mar. 2022 While the Virginia legislature must adjourn in mid-March, the Maryland General Assembly remains in session until mid-April, giving lawmakers more time to craft and pass a proposal to present to Hogan for a signature. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 In the final hours before the Legislature was set to adjourn earlier this month, GOP lawmakers supplanted the legislation with an all-out ban. Sam Metz And Lindsay Whitehurst, ajc, 26 Mar. 2022 But in communities across the country, others yelled and disrupted school board meetings, prompting some boards to adjourn early, which only further angered the protesters. Laura Meckler, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 21 May. 2022.

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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


transitive verb
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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