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[uh-jurn] /əˈdʒɜrn/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to postpone, suspend, or transfer proceedings.
to go to another place:
to adjourn to the parlor.
1300-50; Middle English ajo(u)rnen < Middle French ajo(u)rner, equivalent to a- ad- + jorn- < Latin diurnus daily; see journal, journey
Related forms
preadjourn, verb
readjourn, verb
unadjourned, adjective
Can be confused
adjoin, adjourn. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adjourned
  • He regained consciousness and walked from the hearing room under his own power, and the hearing was abruptly adjourned.
  • Politicians yelled so loudly that parliament was adjourned.
  • So the long waited for trial has begun with crowds of journalists from the whole world, and was immediately adjourned.
  • Not long after his departure the meeting was adjourned and rescheduled for the following morning.
  • The talks adjourned, supposedly for not more than ten days.
  • We all know that in championship play, the games are adjourned after a certain amount of time or number of moves.
  • After several items in the agenda were covered, the meeting was adjourned in the normal way.
  • The senate adjourned rather than approve the bill with the proviso.
British Dictionary definitions for adjourned


(intransitive) (of a court, etc) to close at the end of a session
to postpone or be postponed, esp temporarily or to another place
(transitive) to put off (a problem, discussion, etc) for later consideration; defer
(intransitive) (informal)
  1. to move elsewhere: let's adjourn to the kitchen
  2. to stop work
Derived Forms
adjournment, noun
Word Origin
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
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Word Origin and History for adjourned



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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