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 Democrats successfully pushed to adjourn the Senate, abruptly ending the session before any additional election bills could be called up for a vote. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 6 Oct. 2021 Porter began the meeting again around 7:10 p.m., only to quickly adjourn the meeting on the advice of law enforcement. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 6 Oct. 2021 The board decided to adjourn its meeting after consulting with law enforcement, but protesters stayed in the meeting room. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 Koch later asked to adjourn the meeting until another court could rule on the matter, and made a motion to recess until Wednesday. Dallas News, 3 Aug. 2021 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not adjourn the House after Thursday, keeping the chamber in the same legislative day as lawmakers awaited the potential infrastructure vote. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Rather than try to enforce the face covering requirement during the resistance, the board voted 8-2 to adjourn the hearing -- a decision that leaves Edwards' mask mandate unchallenged. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 19 Aug. 2021 This year’s session of the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn June 9. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 The Oregon legislature is set to adjourn on June 28. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 28 Apr. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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


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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