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.
to postpone, suspend, or transfer proceedings.
to go to another place: After dinner the ladies adjourned to the parlor.
- pre·ad·journ, verb
- re·ad·journ, verb
- adjoin, adjourn
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How to use adjourn in a sentence
If he leaves it to themselves to settle these proportions, he adjourns it to doomsday.
The great thought with him was, I must reach 109 Washington before Congress adjourns, or all may be lost.How Marcus Whitman Saved Oregon | Oliver W. Nixon
Why is it that one class is crowded each week, while another adjourns for lack of membership?Principles of Teaching | Adam S. Bennion
It adjourns for holidays, too, and generally spares itself long sittings.Congressional Government | Woodrow Wilson
Then we will say that it will shine out promptly when Congress adjourns and ceases to menace the national credit.The Arena | Various
British Dictionary definitions for adjourn
(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 elsewhere: let's adjourn to the kitchen
to stop work
- adjournment, noun
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