adjourn

Definitions

  • After the Adjournment
    After the Adjournment
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v adjourn close at the end of a session "The court adjourned"
    • v adjourn break from a meeting or gathering "We adjourned for lunch","The men retired to the library"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Adjourn 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.""'Tis a needful fitness
      That we adjourn this court till further day."
    • v. i Adjourn 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adjourn To put off or defer, properly to another day, but also till a later period indefinitely.
    • adjourn Specifically To suspend the meeting of, as a public or private body, to a future day or to another place; also, defer or postpone to a future meeting of the same body: as, the court adjourned the consideration of the question.
    • adjourn To suspend a sitting or transaction till another day, or transfer it to another place: usually said of legislatures, courts, or other formally organized bodies: as, the legislature adjourned at four o'clock; the meeting adjourned to the town hall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Adjourn ad-jurn′ to put off to another day: to postpone: to discontinue a meeting in order to reconstitute it at another time or place
    • v.i Adjourn to suspend proceedings and disperse for any time specified, or sine die, without such time being specified
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

When court adjourned, he took his order on the county to the treasurer and asked for his pay.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
I was excused and the Court adjourned.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
This issue must be settled now before the Senate adjourns.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
The adjournment was a mere evasion.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Here the bell rang for supper, and the party adjourned to the dining-room.
"Tom, The Bootblack" by Horatio Alger
We generally adjourned to the Quaker burying-ground opposite, and had it out among the tombs.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
I would suggest that we adjourn to the cave and partake of refreshment.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
The king's illness was made the occasion on February 27 of a motion by Sir Robert Lawley for the adjournment of the house of commons.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
The Parliament met in July, but the plague was increasing in London, and they had to adjourn, early in August, to Oxford.
"Charles I" by Jacob Abbott
The meeting re-assembled at 4 p.m., pursuant to adjournment.
"Memorial Address on the Life and Character of Abraham Lincoln" by George Bancroft
Shortly after this the Fifteenth Congress adjourned.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
To hear the complaints against the great California sea lion, the court adjourned to the seashore.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
One person had been tried and executed; and the Court was holding its second Session when the Legislature adjourned.
"Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather" by Charles W. Upham
When I left my substitute was just getting up to ask for the adjournment.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
There were some, and Sieyes among them, who proposed that they should adjourn to Paris.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The president declared the meeting adjourned, and they started homeward.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
After this the meeting adjourned to the following morning.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
They would adjourn for an hour until the witness attended.
"The Chestermarke Instinct" by J. S. Fletcher
This Convention continued through three sessions, and was crowded with an attentive audience to the hour of adjournment.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
Pending which, an adjournment to the little parlour below, out of all this mess, seemed desirable.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
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In poetry:

Don't say he's gone for ever, though
His visits he adjourn;
For yet a little while, and lo,
Thy Husband will return.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Now, Aylor, half consoled, adjourned
His thoughts till morn, and then returned
With Micah, to the Brentford seat,
The owners of the maid to meet.
"In The House Of The Aylors" by Albery Allson Whitman
Those weighty questions in their breasts revolving
Whose deeper meaning science never learns,
Till at some reverend elder's look dissolving,
The speechless senate silently adjourns.
"My Aviary" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
In short, the whole Gull nation feels
The're fairly spell-bound, neck and heels;
And so, in the face of the laughing world,
Must e'en sit down, with banners furled,
Adjourning all their dreams sublime
Of glory and war to — some other time.
"Translation From the Gull Language" by Thomas Moore

In news:

(AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority's board voted Monday to delegate certain authority to the utility's new chief executive in case five of its vacancies aren't filled before Congress adjourns this month.
Hearing adjourned in fatal stabbing case.
South Lewis teacher's forcible touching charges adjourned with contemplation of dismissal .
The Texas House of Representatives adjourned on Thursday in honor of Mercedes teacher Judy Dominguez Trunnell.
BAD AXE, MI — The apparent heart attack of an expert witness prompted a last minute adjournment this morning in the preliminary examination of a Huron County mother charged with killing her toddler.
Producer's impaired -driving case adjourned.
In his weekly address, President Obama reprimanded Congress for adjourning before taking action on his housing bill.
Coroner adjourns inquest into baby's 'dingo death'.
Egypt adjourns trial of NGO workers until April 26.
Court was adjourned a short time later.
The laws take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns this month, giving unions little time to devise a strategy for keeping members on board and convincing nonmembers to continue their financial support.
The laws take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns this month, giving unions little time to devise a strategy for keeping members aboard and convincing nonmembers to continue financial support.
Gwen Ifill gets insight about what can be accomplished before Congress adjourns from Sens Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Councilman Ed Reyes adjourned last Friday's City Council meeting in memory of Fr John B Luce , known as the pastor of the Chicano Movement, who served at the Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights.
Petrie's lawyers won an adjournment from magistrate John Parker as they sought to establish "whether a motorized esky was in fact a motor vehicle.".
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