- 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 adjourning
More than once the convention was on the point of adjourning sine die.Union and Democracy
"Adjourning—you mean," interrupted one of the orator's audience.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
It is one oclock, A.M., and no one seems yet to think of adjourning the debate.Saunterings in and about London
So take it either way, adjourning the trial would be of no use to you.The Battle of The Press
Theophila Carlile Campbell
Come, gentlemen, there needs no great ceremony in adjourning this court.The Recruiting Officer
- (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 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.