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 shooting left 12 people dead and sparked debate around the state's gun laws, but Republicans adjourned the special session, rejecting all the proposals without a vote. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Virginia gun rally: What's behind the battle over gun control descending on Richmond," 20 Jan. 2020 McConnell offered motions setting deadlines in the next five days for filings from the White House and House and adjourning the Senate until Tuesday. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "With ritual and rancor, historic impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins," 16 Jan. 2020 But the session ended abruptly, without debate of any bill, as Republican leaders adjourned after 90 minutes. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "D.C. mayor urges Virginia politicians to pass gun reform to help curb city violence," 9 Jan. 2020 On Tuesday, Aidala argued that the trial should be adjourned because a jury could not be impartial given the new charges in Los Angeles. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, "Harvey Weinstein threatened with jail for repeatedly using his cell phone in court," 7 Jan. 2020 After a week of accusations and recrimination, the votes took only seven minutes, and the committee adjourned immediately afterward. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Panel Approves Impeachment Articles and Sends Charges for a House Vote," 13 Dec. 2019 Phee's nomination expired when Congress adjourned last year, and Trump has not renominated her. Anchorage Daily News, "Giuliani’s dual roles as power broker and shadow foreign policy adviser alarm Trump’s advisers," 9 Dec. 2019 The board took no action after a closed-door, 3-hour meeting and then quickly adjourned. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Judge rules against PSPRS pension system, says state must provide public records to The Republic," 27 Nov. 2019 Typically, Presidents have 10 days to sign approved legislation, but Trump has some extra time over the Thanksgiving holiday while Congress is adjourned. Time, "Legislation Aimed at Protecting Human Rights in Hong Kong Is Heading to the White House. Here's What to Know," 22 Nov. 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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“Adjourn.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of adjourn

: to end something (such as a meeting or session) for a period of time


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
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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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