- 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.
- to postpone, suspend, or transfer proceedings.
- to go to another place: to adjourn to the parlor.
Origin of adjourn
Related Words for adjourndefer, recess, discontinue, delay, suspend, shelve, postpone, curb, restrain, stay, prorogue
Examples from the Web for adjourn
Contemporary Examples of adjourn
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But let us adjourn to my study, and examine these new stories.Tanglewood Tales
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?Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
"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.Snow-Bound at Eagle's
- (intr) (of a court, etc) to close at the end of a session
- to postpone or be postponed, esp temporarily or to another place
- (tr) to put off (a problem, discussion, etc) for later consideration; defer
- (intr) informal
- to move elsewherelet's adjourn to the kitchen
- to stop work
Word Origin 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.