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Adjourn definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ADJOURN', v.t. Adjurn'.
Literally, to put off, or defer to another day; but now used to denote a formal intermission of business, a putting off to any future meeting of the same body, and appropriately used of public bodies or private commissioners, entrusted with business; as, the court adjourned the consideration of the question.
ADJOURN', v.i. To suspend business for a time; as, from one day to another, or for a longer period, usually public business, as of legislatures and courts, for repose or refreshment; as, congress adjourned at four o'clock. It is also used for the act of closing the session of a public body; as, the court adjourned without day.
It was moved that parliament should adjourn for six weeks.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: close at the end of a session; "The court adjourned" [syn: adjourn, recess, break up]
2: break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library" [syn: adjourn, withdraw, retire]

Merriam Webster's

verb Etymology: Middle English ajournen, from Old French ajorner to order to appear in court on a certain day, from a- (from Latin ad-) + jour day more at journey Date: 15th century transitive verb to suspend indefinitely or until a later stated time intransitive verb 1. to suspend a session indefinitely or to another time or place 2. to move to another place

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. 1 tr. a put off; postpone. b break off (a meeting, discussion, etc.) with the intention of resuming later. 2 intr. of persons at a meeting: a break off proceedings and disperse. b (foll. by to) transfer the meeting to another place. Etymology: ME f. OF ajorner (as AD-, jorn day ult. f. L diurnus DIURNAL): cf. JOURNAL, JOURNEY

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Adjourn Ad*journ", v. i. To suspend business for a time, as from one day to another, or for a longer period, or indefinitely; usually, to suspend public business, as of legislatures and courts, or other convened bodies; as, congress adjourned at four o'clock; the court adjourned without day.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Adjourn Ad*journ, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adjourned; p. pr. & vb. n. Adjourning.] [OE. ajornen, OF. ajoiner, ajurner, F. ajourner; OF. a (L. ad) + jor, jur, jorn, F. jour, day, fr. L. diurnus belonging to the day, fr. dies day. Cf. Journal, Journey.] To put off or defer to another day, or indefinitely; to postpone; to close or suspend for the day; -- commonly said of the meeting, or the action, of convened body; as, to adjourn the meeting; to adjourn a debate. It is a common practice to adjourn the reformation of their lives to a further time. --Barrow. 'Tis a needful fitness That we adjourn this court till further day. --Shak. Syn: To delay; defer; postpone; put off; suspend. Usage: To Adjourn, Prorogue, Dissolve. These words are used in respect to public bodies when they lay aside business and separate. Adjourn, both in Great Britain and this country, is applied to all cases in which such bodies separate for a brief period, with a view to meet again. Prorogue is applied in Great Britain to that act of the executive government, as the sovereign, which brings a session of Parliament to a close. The word is not used in this country, but a legislative body is said, in such a case, to adjourn sine die. To dissolve is to annul the corporate existence of a body. In order to exist again the body must be reconstituted.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(adjourns, adjourning, adjourned) If a meeting or trial is adjourned or if it adjourns, it is stopped for a short time. The proceedings have now been adjourned until next week... I am afraid the court may not adjourn until three or even later. VERB: be V-ed, V

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Postpone, defer, delay, procrastinate, put off. 2. Suspend, interrupt, close, end, prorogue, dissolve. II. v. n. Suspend or postpone session, take recess, dissolve.

Moby Thesaurus

break up, close, continue, curb, defer, delay, disband, discontinue, disperse, dissolve, drag out, extend, hang fire, hang up, hold back, hold off, hold over, hold up, lay aside, lay by, lay over, pigeonhole, postpone, prolong, prorogate, prorogue, protract, push aside, put aside, put off, put on ice, recess, reserve, restrain, rise, set aside, set by, shelve, shift off, sleep on, stand over, stave off, stay, stretch out, suspend, table, take a recess, terminate, waive


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