Verb adjourn Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


adjourn (third-person singular simple present adjourns, present participle adjourning, simple past and past participle adjourned)

  1. (transitive) To postpone.
  2. (transitive) To defer; to put off temporarily or indefinitely.
  3. (intransitive) To end or suspend an event.
  4. (intransitive, formal, uncommon) To move from one place to another.

More definition: suspend the meeting of (a club, legislature, committee, etc.) to a future time, another place, or indefinitely, to adjourn the court. defer or postpone to a later time, They adjourned the meeting until the following Monday. defer or postpone (a matter) to a future meeting of the same body. defer or postpone (a matter) to some future time, either specified or not specified. postpone, suspend, or transfer proceedings. go to another place, to adjourn to the parlor.

1. (intransitive) (of a court, etc) to close at the end of a session

2. to postpone or be postponed, esp temporarily or to another place

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

4. (intransitive) (informal) to move elsewhere, let's adjourn to the kitchen to stop workDerived Formsadjournment, noun Word OriginC14, 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 dayCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


He was also one of the members who refused to adjourn at the king's command till Sir John Eliot's resolutions had been passed.

The vigorous attacks of the Opposition, led by Baron Sonnino, induced Giolitti to adjourn the debate until the autumn, when, the Cabinet having been defeated on a point of procedure, he resigned (Dec. 2).

It was found necessary to adjourn the sitting until the 7th of June, on which occasion the outward decencies were better observed, partly no doubt from the circumstance that Sigismund was present in person.

Without his approval, also, no order or resolution of either House, other than to adjourn or relating solely to the business of the assembly, can take effect until passed again by a two-thirds vote as in case of a bill.

A filibuster at the end of the 65th Congress caused the Senate to adjourn without confirming the appointment, but the President made him a " recess " appointee.

"I move that we adjourn," said a third.

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