\ \ [14] Adjourn originally meant ‘appoint a day for’, but over the centuries, such is human nature, it has come to be used for postponing, deferring, or suspending. It originated in the Old French phrase à jour nométo an appointed day’, from which the Old French verb ajourner derived. Jourday’ came from late Latin diurnum, a noun formed from the adjective diurnusdaily’, which in turn was based on the noun diēsday’.

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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 — 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 — verb ADVERB ▪ indefinitely, sine die (law) ▪ The trial was adjourned indefinitely. PREPOSITION ▪ for ▪ The case was adjourned for a week …   Collocations dictionary

  • adjourn — verb 1 (I, T) if a meeting or law court adjourns, or if the person in charge adjourns it, it finishes or stops for a short time: The chairman has the power to adjourn the meeting at any time. (+ for/until): The trial was adjourned for two weeks.… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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