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verb (used with object)
  1. to suspend the meeting of (a club, legislature, committee, etc.) to a future time, another place, or indefinitely: to adjourn the court.
  2. to defer or postpone to a later time: They adjourned the meeting until the following Monday.
  3. to defer or postpone (a matter) to a future meeting of the same body.
  4. to defer or postpone (a matter) to some future time, either specified or not specified.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to postpone, suspend, or transfer proceedings.
  2. to go to another place: to adjourn to the parlor.
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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 formspre·ad·journ, verbre·ad·journ, verbun·ad·journed, adjective
Can be confusedadjoin adjourn
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  • After the meal they all adjourned to the veranda, where the air was cool and the view extensive.

  • The club then adjourned to the outside, all except those who sat on the bench.

  • So they adjourned to the rear of the little squatty structure.

  • After this they all adjourned to the directors' room, and in a few minutes the others were present.

  • Any but these men of iron would have adjourned for thanks and congratulations.

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British Dictionary definitions for adjourned


  1. (intr) (of a court, etc) to close at the end of a session
  2. to postpone or be postponed, esp temporarily or to another place
  3. (tr) to put off (a problem, discussion, etc) for later consideration; defer
  4. (intr) informal
    1. to move elsewherelet's adjourn to the kitchen
    2. to stop work
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Derived Formsadjournment, 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 adjourned



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.

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