adjourn

[ə'dʒə:n]
verb
1》 break off (a meeting) with the intention of resuming it later.
2》 postpone (a resolution or sentence).
Derivatives
adjournment noun
Origin
ME (in the sense 'summon someone to appear on a particular day'): from OFr. ajorner, from the phr. a jorn (nome) 'to an (appointed) day'.

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  • adjourn — ad·journ /ə jərn/ vt: to put off further proceedings of either indefinitely or until a later stated time: close formally adjourn ing the session vi: to suspend a session or meeting till another time or indefinitely: suspend formal business or… …   Law 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}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adjourn — ad‧journ [əˈdʒɜːn ǁ ɜːrn] verb [intransitive, transitive] if a meeting or law court adjourns, or if the person in charge adjourns it, it finishes or stops, either for a short time, or until the next time it meets: • The chairman has the power to… …   Financial and business terms

  • adjourn — [ə jʉrn′] vt. [ME ajournen < OFr ajourner < a jorn, at the (specified) day < a, at + jorn, day < L diurnum, by day < diurnus, daily < dies, day: see DEITY] to put off or suspend until a future time [to adjourn a meeting] vi. 1.… …   English World 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adjourn — (v.) early 14c., ajournen, assign a day (for convening or reconvening), from O.Fr. ajourner (12c.) meet (at an appointed time), from the phrase à jorn to a stated day (à to + journ day, from L. diurnus daily; see DIURNAL (Cf. diurnal)). The sense …   Etymology dictionary

  • adjourn — [v] stop a proceeding curb, defer, delay, discontinue, hold off, hold over, hold up, postpone, prorogue, put off, recess, restrain, shelve, stay, suspend; concepts 121,234 Ant. begin, convene, convoke, encourage, further, keep on, open, rally,… …   New thesaurus

  • adjourn — ► VERB 1) break off (a meeting) with the intention of resuming it later. 2) postpone (a resolution or sentence). DERIVATIVES adjournment noun. ORIGIN Old French ajorner, from a jorn nome to an appointed day …   English terms dictionary

  • adjourn to — ad ˈjourn to [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they adjourn to he/she/it adjourns to something present participle adjourning to something past tense adjourned to something …   Useful english dictionary

  • adjourn — v. 1) (D; intr.) ( to stop ) to adjourn for (to adjourn for lunch) 2) (d; intr.) ( to move ) (to adjourn to the living room for brandy) * * * [ə dʒɜːn] (D; intr.) ( to stop ) to adjourn for (to adjourn for lunch) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • adjourn to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms adjourn to : present tense I/you/we/they adjourn to he/she/it adjourns to something present participle adjourning to something past tense adjourned to something past participle adjourned to something formal… …   English dictionary

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