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From Middle English ajournen, from Old French ajorner (French ajourner), from the phrase a jor (nomé) ("to an (appointed) day").



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

  1. (transitive) To postpone.
    The trial was adjourned for a week.
  2. (transitive) To defer; to put off temporarily or indefinitely.
    • a. 1678 (date written), Isaac Barrow, “(please specify the chapter name or sermon number). The Danger and Mischief of delaying Repentance”, in The Works of Dr. Isaac Barrow. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to VII), London: A[braham] J[ohn] Valpy, [], published 1830–1831, →OCLC:
      It is a common practice [] to adjourn the reformation of their lives to a further time.
  3. (intransitive) To end or suspend an event.
    The court will adjourn for lunch.
    • 1876, Henry Martyn Robert, Robert’s Rules of Order[1], Chicago: S.C. Griggs & Co., Article III, Section 10, pp. 25-26:
      The Form of this motion is, “When this assembly adjourns, it adjourns to meet at such a time.”
    • 1959, Tom Lehrer (lyrics and music), “We Will All Go Together When We Go”:
      When it's time for the fallout / And Saint Peter calls us all out / We'll just drop our agendas and adjourn
  4. (intransitive, formal, uncommon) To move as a group from one place to another.
    After the dinner, we will adjourn to the bar.

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