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

The legislation now moves to the State Assembly as the bill’s backers try to bring it to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk before the close of Friday’s session, when lawmakers adjourn for their annual one-month summer recess. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wildfire liability bill zooms through California Senate," 9 July 2019 Under the state Constitution, Oregon lawmakers face a midnight Sunday deadline to adjourn. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Oregon Senate Republican leader back in the state, promises announcement soon," 28 June 2019 Peck was the only witness (of three) to make it to the stand before the court adjourned for the day, pushing the hearing into a second day. Madeleine Fernando, Billboard, "The Turbulent Saga of Woodstock 50: A Timeline," 17 June 2019 Before the trial adjourned for the day, the court took part in what’s called a charging conference - where the judge and lawyers from both sides discussed what the judge would tell the jury before deliberations. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Defense rests in Manafort case, ex-Trump campaign chairman won't testify," 15 Aug. 2018 The high court, in a 4-1 ruling, preserved the veto, but said going forward, the Legislature must present all bills to the governor before lawmakers adjourn for the year. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "5 things to watch as Idaho lawmakers return to Boise for 2018 session," 6 Jan. 2018 Rowdy teachers booed lawmakers when the Oklahoma House adjourned. Sean Murphy And Tim Talley, BostonGlobe.com, "Oklahoma teachers demand more money for education in 2nd day of strike," 4 Apr. 2018 The next day, hundreds of protesters filled the Capitol to capacity, chanting in the rotunda while, outside the building, teachers booed lawmakers when the House adjourned. Kaila White, USA TODAY, "Teachers, Oklahoma lawmakers at odds as walkout rolls on," 4 Apr. 2018 The state legislature adjourned its annual session earlier this year but can be recalled to the state capital by the governor to consider urgent legislation. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, "Virginia Gov. Northam to recall legislators to consider new gun legislation," 4 June 2019

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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 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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