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 Senate could take up the bill within the next several days, before adjourning on Nov. 20 for the year. BostonGlobe.com, "Juul Labs has yet another nicotine headache in Massachusetts.," 18 Nov. 2019 The measure now goes to the Senate, which could approve the bill before adjourning Thursday. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Lightfoot doubles down on allegations against Uber, Lake Erie’s massive toxic algae blooms and 6 takeaways from Trump impeachment hearings," 14 Nov. 2019 The disturbance occurred as lawmakers were wrapping up their work before adjourning for the year, forcing them to evacuate the chamber to continue in a nearby committee hearing room. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vaccine protester arrested after dropping red liquid onto lawmakers," 14 Sep. 2019 Instead, the bill won't take effect until 90 days after the next legislative session adjourns in April or May. Ranked voting in Maine was approved by voters in 2016 but only used for federal races and primaries. Fox News, "Maine set to become first state to allow ranked voting in presidential election," 7 Sep. 2019 James Schwartz, vice president of Independence Solar in Essex, said the industry is concerned that the General Assembly, before adjourning Wednesday night, may impose new limits on renewable energy credits that might crimp demand. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Sun And Solar Power Cut Electricity Demand From New England Grid To Lowest Ever," 8 May 2018 The first meeting of a new Community Police Oversight Committee ended with shoving and shouting Tuesday night when the panel adjourned without taking public comment. Washington Post, "Evidence from ex-Dallas cop’s murder trial fuels mistrust," 10 Oct. 2019 The disturbance happened when the committee adjourned without taking public comment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2 suspects in custody, 1 sought in cop trial witness slaying," 8 Oct. 2019 The disturbance happened when the committee adjourned without taking public comment. Jake Bleiberg, chicagotribune.com, "3 men suspected in killing of witness at former officer’s murder trial, Dallas police say," 8 Oct. 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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Cite this Entry

“Adjourn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjourns. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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More Definitions for adjourn

adjourn

verb
How to pronounce adjourn (audio)

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
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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