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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Synonyms for adjourn

Synonyms

prorogue, recess, suspend

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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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When the meeting adjourned, Garcetti stood up, slid his cell phone into his pocket, and posed for a series of pictures with his guests. Chanan Tigay, GQ, "Eric Garcetti Is the Anti-Trump, Pro–Star Wars Man We Need," 12 June 2018 Steve Spurrier used to tell coaches when the meeting adjourned. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "In high-pressure SEC, it's Nick Saban and a revolving door of coaches," 30 May 2018 Rather than waiting, Emanuel immediately responded by setting a rare new council meeting for Friday afternoon and declaring Wednesday’s meeting adjourned. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Emanuel abruptly ends council meeting amid fight over police academy," 23 May 2018 Ending a 10-hour hearing in Yeni Sakran, a coastal town in western Turkey, the presiding judge on Monday ordered Andrew Brunson to remain behind bars and adjourned the case to July 18. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson Is Remanded in Custody in Turkey," 7 May 2018 Several other committee members chimed in, blasting top Republicans on the committee, with Nadler even motioning to adjourn the hearing all together. Gregg Re, Fox News, "GOP Rep. Gohmert unloads on 'smirking' Strzok: 'How many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eyes and lie to her?'," 12 July 2018 At a Thursday meeting, board members mistakenly attempted to adjourn the meeting before discussing the last item on their agenda: A presentation on Murphy's 2018-19 budget. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "'We're asking for help': State will take over dysfunctional Murphy school district," 25 June 2018 But both chambers are expected to adjourn next week for the summer and the bills probably won't get a hearing until the fall. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Senate passes auto insurance rate relief for seniors," 7 June 2018 Unlike previous year though, lawmakers are using a different process to adjourn. Kimberlee Kruesi, idahostatesman, "Idaho lawmakers near adjournment under new rules | Idaho Statesman," 22 Mar. 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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More Definitions for adjourn

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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