verb (used with object)

  1. to suspend the meeting of (a club, legislature, committee, etc.) to a future time, another place, or indefinitely: to adjourn the court.
  2. to defer or postpone to a later time: They adjourned the meeting until the following Monday.
  3. to defer or postpone (a matter) to a future meeting of the same body.
  4. to defer or postpone (a matter) to some future time, either specified or not specified.

verb (used without object)

  1. to postpone, suspend, or transfer proceedings.
  2. to go to another place: to adjourn to the parlor.


  1. (intr) (of a court, etc) to close at the end of a session
  2. to postpone or be postponed, esp temporarily or to another place
  3. (tr) to put off (a problem, discussion, etc) for later consideration; defer
  4. (intr) informal
    1. to move elsewherelet’s adjourn to the kitchen
    2. to stop work

early 14c., ajournen, “assign a day” (for convening or reconvening), from Old French ajourner (12c.) “meet” (at an appointed time), from the phrase à jorn “to a stated day” (à “to” + journ “day,” from Latin diurnus “daily;” see diurnal).

The sense is to set a date for a re-meeting. Meaning “to close a meeting” (with or without intention to reconvene) is from early 15c. Meaning “to go in a body to another place” (1640s) is colloquial. The unhistorical -d- was added 16c. Related: Adjourned; adjourning.

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