Definition of adjourn in English:


Syllabification: ad·journ
Pronunciation: /əˈjərn


[with object]
  • 1Break off (a meeting, legal case, or game) with the intention of resuming it later: the meeting was adjourned until December 4 [no object]: let’s adjourn and reconvene at 2 o’clock
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    • He said he would refer the issue to the Attorney General for legal advice and adjourn the case until January 31, 2002.
    • The case was adjourned for a short break when the court heard that both defendants were feeling unwell.
    • The defence asked for time to obtain expert opinion from a US legal expert and the case was adjourned until Tuesday 18 October.
    suspend, break off, discontinue, interrupt, prorogue, stay, recess
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of people who are together) go somewhere else, typically for refreshment: they adjourned to a local bar
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    • Following Mass the group adjourned to Gavin's Golden Hill House where a delicious luncheon awaited everyone.
    • After inspection the group adjourned to Corpus Christy Communal Centre where tea was served and the signing took place.
    • After a walk round the extensive gardens and lake, the group adjourned to Lullingstone for lunch.
    withdraw, retire, retreat, take oneself
    formal repair, remove
    literary betake oneself
  • 1.2Put off or postpone (a resolution or sentence): the sentence was adjourned
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    • Mr. Justice Carney said the only reason he adjourned the sentence and further hearing was because the youth faced a term of detention.
    • The man, of Bideford, Devon, had his bail extended by Judge John Neligan, who adjourned sentence for a pre-sentence report.
    • The judge warned the duo they must not assume the fact he had adjourned sentence for pre-sentence reports meant he was in any way indicating what penalty would follow.


Middle English (in the sense 'summon someone to appear on a particular day'): from Old French ajorner, from the phrase a jorn (nome) 'to an (appointed) day'.

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