from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To suspend until a later stated time.
- intransitive v. To suspend proceedings to another time or place.
- intransitive v. To move from one place to another: After the meal we adjourned to the living room.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To postpone.
- v. Temporarily ending an event with intentions to complete it at another time or place.
- v. Of an event: To end or suspend
- v. To move from one place to another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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
- intransitive v. 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
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put off or defer, properly to another day, but also till a later period indefinitely.
- 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. break from a meeting or gathering
- v. close at the end of a session
Middle English ajournen, from Old French ajourner : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + jour, day (from Late Latin diurnum, from Latin diurnus, daily, from diēs, day.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French ajorner (French ajourner), from the phrase a jor (nomé) ("to an (appointed) day") (Wiktionary)