- 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
Examples from the Web for adjourned
That year, Congress ended its session for the year and adjourned on Sept. 1.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: September 28
September 28, 2014
The opening session was procedural and the trial was adjourned until June 19.Egypt: Stop Mutilating Little Girls!
April 26, 2014
Due to a South African public holiday on Friday, court was adjourned early and will resume on Monday, 24 March at 3:30am ET.Bullets Expert Recounts Reeva Steenkamp’s Terrifying Final Moments
March 19, 2014
The case is adjourned and all thirteen defendants are due back in court in one year.Inside the ‘PayPal 14’ Trial
December 6, 2013
This was a late request and by the time the Senate adjourned not all 100 senators had had a chance to sign off on it.Which Senator Put a Hold on Veterans Benefits Bill?
September 28, 2012
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.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
After this they all adjourned to the directors' room, and in a few minutes the others were present.A Woman Intervenes
Any but these men of iron would have adjourned for thanks and congratulations.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- (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 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.