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Meaning of ADJOURN

Pronunciation:  u'jurn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  close at the end of a session; "The court adjourned"
  2. [v]  break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library"

ADJOURN is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: break up, recess, retire, withdraw
 See Also: assemble, cease, close, close down, end, finish, fold, foregather, forgather, gather, meet, prorogue, shut down, stop, terminate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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},
    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.
  2. \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.
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