adjourn

verb
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 If Walz continues to renew his emergency powers after lawmakers adjourn the regular session on May 17, lawmakers are automatically called back into a special session. Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune, "Gov. Walz not eyeing new restrictions as he extends emergency powers," 13 Apr. 2021 Differences between the two chambers will have to be worked out before lawmakers adjourn later this month. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Senate nixes cigarette tax increase, provides money for mental health in proposed budget," 8 Apr. 2021 Greene, with no committee work to do, has made multiple surprise motions to adjourn as a short-term delay tactic in protest of legislation such as the Equality Act, forcing members to leave daytime meetings and head to the floor to vote. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "Freedom Caucus leader plots floor procedure delay war against House Democrats," 30 Mar. 2021 Schumer said the Senate will not adjourn until the bill is passed. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Schumer pledges to 'power through' after GOP forces clerks to read all 628 pages of $1.9 trillion spending bill," 5 Mar. 2021 The deadline for wrapping up work on all legislation is Saturday, although the legislature will not formally adjourn until Monday. Washington Post, "Marijuana bills in flux as Virginia’s legislative session nears end," 26 Feb. 2021 McConnell, like Pelosi, says Congress will not adjourn without providing the long-overdue COVID-19 relief. Andrew Taylor, Anchorage Daily News, "McConnell signals there’s no Republican support in Senate for bipartisan pandemic aid package," 10 Dec. 2020 Senate President Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, said his chamber would do so on Saturday, two days before they’re scheduled to adjourn their annual 90-day session. Bryn Stole, baltimoresun.com, "Gov. Hogan vetoes key parts of Maryland police reform package; override by General Assembly likely," 9 Apr. 2021 Due to the uncertainties, the plan commission chose to unanimously adjourn the discussion to a future meeting after the state responds. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State code could stop a new South Milwaukee community-based residential facility from being built," 10 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjourn. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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 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

adjourn

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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