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[uh-jurn] /əˈdʒɜrn/
verb (used with object)
to suspend the meeting of (a club, legislature, committee, etc.) to a future time, another place, or indefinitely:
to adjourn the court.
to defer or postpone to a later time:
They adjourned the meeting until the following Monday.
to defer or postpone (a matter) to a future meeting of the same body.
to defer or postpone (a matter) to some future time, either specified or not specified.
verb (used without object)
to postpone, suspend, or transfer proceedings.
to go to another place:
to adjourn to the parlor.
Origin of adjourn
1300-50; Middle English ajo(u)rnen < Middle French ajo(u)rner, equivalent to a- ad- + jorn- < Latin diurnus daily; see journal, journey
Related forms
preadjourn, verb
readjourn, verb
unadjourned, adjective
Can be confused
adjoin, adjourn. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for adjourn
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  • But let us adjourn to my study, and examine these new stories.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The congressman insisted that they should adjourn to his rooms.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I must tell you a short anecdote—But shall we adjourn to the terrace?

  • "It would be as well, perhaps, to adjourn this conversation," said Culduff.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • After dinner we'll adjourn to their room and lighten it up a little.

  • Until a majority of States were represented, the delegates could only adjourn from day to day.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • A couple of minutes more and they've concluded to adjourn to the corridor.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • I might talk easier too, if we could adjourn to the window alcove over there.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for adjourn


(intransitive) (of a court, etc) to close at the end of a session
to postpone or be postponed, esp temporarily or to another place
(transitive) to put off (a problem, discussion, etc) for later consideration; defer
(intransitive) (informal)
  1. to move elsewhere: let's adjourn to the kitchen
  2. to stop work
Derived Forms
adjournment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ajourner to defer to an arranged day, from a- to + jour day, from Late Latin diurnum, from Latin diurnus daily, from diēs day
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Word Origin and History for adjourn

early 14c., ajournen, "assign a day" (for convening or reconvening), from Old French ajourner (12c.) "meet" (at an appointed time), from the phrase à jorn "to a stated day" (à "to" + journ "day," from Latin diurnus "daily;" see diurnal).

The sense is to set a date for a re-meeting. Meaning "to close a meeting" (with or without intention to reconvene) is from early 15c. Meaning "to go in a body to another place" (1640s) is colloquial. The unhistorical -d- was added 16c. Related: Adjourned; adjourning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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