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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But when the board gathered, in December, members adjourned the meeting without any discussion. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Court filings expose power struggle over sex harassment charges at Native corporation Calista," 8 June 2018 Hussle’s family and dozens of fans were at the meeting, which also adjourned in his honor, before heading to the burial service. Andrew Dalton, The Seattle Times, "Nipsey Hussle’s family gathers for private funeral in LA," 15 Apr. 2019 Efforts to replace all voting machines in another paperless state, Georgia, died when the legislature adjourned in March. Michael Wines, New York Times, "How West Virginia Is Trying to Build Hacker-Proof Voting," 8 May 2018 Like it or not, as the FBI continues to investigate college basketball, the court of public opinion still figures to adjourn in April after finding sport’s greatest tournament a repeat offender, guilty of stealing the country’s attention. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Loyola can be the team that captures America's imagination this year," 12 Mar. 2018 The result was easy to predict: Sanders would arrive a little late and adjourn a little early to allow herself and the press corps plenty of time to migrate from the briefing room to the South Lawn. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "White House press briefings got shorter in May for the fourth straight month," 1 June 2018 Police Commission President Steve Soboroff adjourned the meeting early. Cindy Chang, latimes.com, "LAPD chief obtains temporary restraining order against woman after alleged ash-throwing incident," 17 May 2018 The announcement came after lawmakers hit a stalemate on Thursday and adjourned for the weekend, even as tens of thousands of teachers marched on the state Capitol demanding higher pay and increased funding for education. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Governor announces budget deal with teacher pay raise -- but gives no details," 27 Apr. 2018 Voters will decide on them in either the August primary election or the November general election, depending on when the Legislature adjourns its annual session. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "These two initiatives will go before Alaska voters this year – unless the Supreme Court blocks one," 16 Mar. 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 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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