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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Recent Examples on the Web

The case came up for hearing Thursday but the court has adjourned the next hearing for July 16. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Series Faces Legal Case Over Portrayal of Ex-India Prime Minister," 13 July 2018 Noah Karvelis, one of the leaders of Arizona Educators United, said that effort came from teachers realizing that the Legislature adjourned without meeting the demands laid out ahead of the April walkout. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Arizona elections: #RedForEd, public education issues make way onto November ballot," 12 July 2018 The legislature is scheduled to adjourn for the year this week, suggesting it won't consider legalization until 2019 at the earliest — leaving local authorities and critics to spar over how smokers are treated under the existing law. Michael R. Sisak, Fox News, "NYPD will start using summonses, not arrests, for marijuana," 19 June 2018 Trudeau’s government is flexing its muscle, pledging pot will be legalized this summer and signaling lawmakers won’t adjourn until the bill is passed. Greg Quinn, Bloomberg.com, "Dozens of Senate Changes Won’t Slow Trudeau in Legalizing Weed," 4 June 2018 With the General Assembly scheduled to adjourn on May 9, lawmakers are battling over competing interests on the future of gambling in the state. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Speaker: Legislature May Take No Action On Casinos This Session," 10 Apr. 2018 Lawmakers plan to adjourn for the year on April 14, giving them time to override any potential veto. Adam Beam, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky budget director says tax changes would lead to a $50 million shortfall," 7 Apr. 2018 Senate negotiators must consider the proposal and decide whether to make a counter offer before legislators are scheduled to adjourn at midnight Sunday. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Lawmakers revive gambling talks with proposal to allow slot machines in more counties | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 Motions to adjourn! Motions to recommit! Motions to rise and motions to table. Steve Israel, chicagotribune.com, "What's the greatest book about politics? Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and others weigh in.," 12 July 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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