[ uh-jurn ]
/ əˈdʒɜrn /
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verb (used with object)
to suspend the meeting of (a club, legislature, committee, etc.) to a future time, another place, or indefinitely: At this point in the trial, the judge adjourned the court session so the defense could access and review the test results.
to defer or postpone to a later time: Too many board members would have been absent, so the chair adjourned the meeting to next Monday.
to defer or postpone (a matter) to a future meeting of the same body, or to a future time, specified or not specified: We will adjourn discussion of point 5.2 to our April meeting.
verb (used without object)
to postpone, suspend, or transfer proceedings.
to go to another place: After dinner the ladies adjourned to the parlor.
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Origin of adjourn
OTHER WORDS FROM adjournpre·ad·journ, verbre·ad·journ, verb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adjournadjoin, adjourn
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How to use adjourn in a sentence
Congress returns from recess next week and has two weeks of session before adjourning again until after the election.After Steven Sotloff Murder, Congress Demands a Vote on Obama’s ISIS War|Josh Rogin|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He would go on to threaten to ban the use of TV cameras in the courtroom, abruptly adjourning court to show he meant business.World's Crankiest Judges|Alex Berg|July 4, 2011|DAILY BEAST
It was opposed by the ministry, and North succeeded in adjourning the motion, though only by 134 to 114.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
The House being but sullen the next day, the Court did not oppose adjourning for some days longer till it was filled.Andrew Marvell|Augustine Birrell
Come, gentlemen, there needs no great ceremony in adjourning this court.The Recruiting Officer|George Farquhar
On the meeting adjourning, Mr. Dunlop stepped up to the doctor, and asked how he did.Scotch Wit and Humor|W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe
The order against adjourning, made with a view to Mr. Nicholson, who was ill, has not operated.
British Dictionary definitions for adjourn
/ (əˈdʒɜːn) /
(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
- to move elsewherelet's adjourn to the kitchen
- to stop work
Derived forms of adjournadjournment, noun
Word Origin for adjourn
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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