adjourn

verb
ad·​journ | \ə-ˈjərn \
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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Legislators believed a raise was a fait accompli, but appointees of Gov. Andrew Cuomo adjourned the commission without acting. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Commission Mulls Raises for Cuomo and New York Lawmakers," 20 Nov. 2018 Even when the Senate adjourned this fall to let senators go home to campaign for the midterms, Republicans kept nominees moving through the committee process. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Republicans will hold on to their Senate majority," 7 Nov. 2018 Lawmakers expressed optimism the measure will pass by the time the legislature adjourns at midnight. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Measure to halt tax sales of Baltimore homes for unpaid water bills teeters as 2018 session nears end," 9 Apr. 2018 The trial was adjourned and the court said the verdict would be announced at an unspecified date. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Former Chinese Internet Czar Pleads Guilty to Corruption," 19 Oct. 2018 Prosecutors filed additional paperwork and the case was adjourned so the defendants' lawyers could file motions, according to the New York Daily News. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Wife of NHL great Brian Leetch, sister back in court in bar brawl case," 19 Sep. 2018 The Senate had been expected to begin debate on Kavanaugh's nomination this weekend, but after Trump's order, McConnell adjourned the body until Monday. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Trump orders FBI investigation of Kavanaugh, as McConnell says nomination is 'moving' forward," 29 Sep. 2018 The special session would begin at 6:30 p.m. on May 18, immediately after the legislature adjourns its regular session for the year. Allison Kite, Jason Hancock And Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Missouri lawmakers agree to call special session to consider Greitens’ impeachment | The Kansas City Star," 3 May 2018 The legislation, if signed into law by Ducey, would take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns its current regular session, which would be after current ballot deadlines. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "With John McCain ill, election officials, lawmakers focus on rules for filling a vacant Senate seat," 3 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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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 \
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 \

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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