verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of adjourn
Examples from the Web for adjourning
Macon yesterday laid a motion on the table for adjourning on the 14th.
The question was taken on adjourning on the 30th, and negatived—there being only 28 votes in favor of it.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
Then it resorted to the drastic measure of adjourning Parliament under threat of force.
It is one oclock, A.M., and no one seems yet to think of adjourning the debate.Saunterings in and about London|Max Schlesinger
Well, this adjourning at nine o'clock is much nicer, after all, than the old late hours.
British Dictionary definitions for adjourning
- to move elsewherelet's adjourn to the kitchen
- to stop work
Word Origin for adjourn
Word Origin and History for adjourning
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.