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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The Senate unanimously ratified the bill that aims to establish the new Bangsamoro autonomous region but House members adjourned early amid a reported leadership challenge without approving the autonomy deal. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Philippine Congress' approval of Muslim peace deal delayed," 23 July 2018 Lawmakers’ tempers flared Monday as the California Senate adjourned in memory of Stephon Clark, an unarmed African American man who was shot to death by Sacramento police officers on March 18. Patrick Mcgreevy, latimes.com, "State senators condemn fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark," 2 Apr. 2018 The House was not supposed to adjourn for the midterms until after the first two weeks of October. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump attacks Kavanaugh accuser," 25 Sep. 2018 Neither the House nor the Senate has voted to officially adjourn yet, but with the biggest piece of tax legislation dying, many don't see a path forward. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Louisiana House kills sales tax bill, possibly ending special session," 4 Mar. 2018 House Speaker Brian Bosma blamed the Senate for adjourning early on Tuesday and spending several hours honoring departing lawmakers on the session's final day. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "'Worse than the sausage factory.' A minute-by-minute look at how the Indiana legislature came to a wild close," 16 Mar. 2018 On Capitol Hill, negotiations have essentially been at a standstill since Saturday, when both the House and Senate adjourned until Thursday. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Government Shutdown Scuppers Holiday Plans, Threatens to Delay Paychecks," 25 Dec. 2018 The funding fight is something leaders of both parties had hoped to avoid as Congress seeks to wrap up its work for the year and adjourn for the holidays. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border-wall funding," 12 Dec. 2018 That being said, the Republicans quickly adjourned on Thursday when Ms. Hochul suddenly appeared in the chamber. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "State Senate Grinds to a Halt as Neither Party Can Make a Majority," 31 May 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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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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