Definition of adjourn verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

adjourn

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈdʒɜːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒɜːrn//
 
[intransitive, transitive, often passive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they adjourn
BrE BrE//əˈdʒɜːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒɜːrn//
 
he / she / it adjourns
BrE BrE//əˈdʒɜːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒɜːrnz//
 
past simple adjourned
BrE BrE//əˈdʒɜːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒɜːrnd//
 
past participle adjourned
BrE BrE//əˈdʒɜːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒɜːrnd//
 
-ing form adjourning
BrE BrE//əˈdʒɜːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒɜːrnɪŋ//
 
Business meetings
 
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to stop a meeting or an official process, especially a trial, for a period of time The court adjourned for lunch. adjourn something The trial has been adjourned until next week. The chairman may adjourn the meeting at any time. See related entries: Business meetings Word Origin 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’.Extra examples Magistrates adjourned the hearing until May 14. Mr Justice Latham adjourned sentence until Friday week. Shall we adjourn to your office? The case was adjourned for a week. The court will normally adjourn to allow the collection of further evidence. The inquest was adjourned pending further investigations. The trial was adjourned indefinitely. Phrasal Verbsadjourn to…
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