[ uh-jurn ]
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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: At this point in the trial, the judge adjourned the court session so the defense could access and review the test results.

  2. 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.

  1. 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)
  1. to postpone, suspend, or transfer proceedings.

  2. to go to another place: After dinner the ladies adjourned to the parlor.

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

Other words from adjourn

  • pre·ad·journ, verb
  • re·ad·journ, verb

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How to use adjourn in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for adjourn


/ (əˈdʒɜːn) /

  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

  1. (tr) to put off (a problem, discussion, etc) for later consideration; defer

  2. (intr) informal

    • to move elsewhere: let's adjourn to the kitchen

    • to stop work

Origin of 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

Derived forms of adjourn

  • adjournment, noun

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