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.

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

After closing arguments Friday, the court adjourned pending a verdict that’s expected Aug. 14. Los Angeles Times, "ASAP Rocky flexes his freedom at Kanye West’s Sunday Service," 5 Aug. 2019 The House adjourned last week for a six-week recess, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi encouraged Democrats to use the break to mobilize pressure on the Senate to pass the measures that cleared her chamber. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: Spotlight on congressional inaction on guns," 29 July 2019 Just before adjourning this week, Oregon lawmakers approved a hefty $10 million for a potential new private college dedicated to teaching mental health professionals and other healthcare workers in Roseburg. oregonlive.com, "Potential Southern Oregon health careers college receives $10 million boost from state," 3 July 2019 With him out of the way, the Senate quickly got back on track and moved through dozens of bills before adjourning for the year. CBS News, "Oregon Senate finishes whirlwind votes after Republicans stall session," 1 July 2019 Mendelson said the council was unlikely to choose a replacement for Evans on the Metro board before adjourning for summer recess. Washington Post, "D.C. Council will hire law firm to investigate Jack Evans," 24 June 2019 That’s the deadline for lawmakers to adjourn their 2019 session under the Oregon Constitution. oregonlive.com, "Senate Republicans return to work as marathon weekend at the Capitol begins," 29 June 2019 In Arizona, 29 of the legislative sessions since 1970 have adjourned after midnight, some as late (or early) as 7 a.m. after working through the night, according to the Arizona News Service’s Political Almanac. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "If you've wondered if the Arizona Legislature's late nights are unusual — they are," 13 June 2019 The Los Angeles Board of Education adjourned late Tuesday after spending more than 10 hours interviewing candidates and trying to reach a decision on who would be the next leader of the nation’s second-largest school system. Joy Resmovits, latimes.com, "The L.A. schools chief power game, education money in the governor's race, fraternity and sorority suspensions: What's new in education," 19 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'adjourn.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about adjourn

Statistics for adjourn

Last Updated

9 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for adjourn

The first known use of adjourn was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on adjourn

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with adjourn

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for adjourn

Spanish Central: Translation of adjourn

Nglish: Translation of adjourn for Spanish Speakers

Comments on adjourn

What made you want to look up adjourn? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to move or obtain by small maneuvers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!