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Adjourn is sometimes a misspelling of adjourned.

Definition of the verb adjourn

What does adjourn mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: adjourned | adjourning | adjourns

  1. close at the end of a session
    • example: The court adjourned
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of adjourn: break up / recess
    • more generic words: cease / end / finish / stop / terminate = have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense
  2. break from a meeting or gathering

Alternative definition of the verb adjourn


  1. [transitive] To postpone.
  2. [transitive] Temporarily ending an event with intentions to complete it at another time or place.
  3. [intransitive] Of an event: To end or suspend
  4. [intransitive] To move from one place to another.

Specialised definition of the verb adjourn

Glossary of justice

to suspend or delay the hearing of a case

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Adjourn

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Google previewAdminstrative Law, Principles and Advocacy (2016)

by CTI Reviews

To adjourn means tosuspend until alater stated timeor place. Law In law, to adjourn means to suspend proceedings to another time or place, or to end them. Stayof proceedings: A stayof proceedings is a ruling by the court in civil and criminal ...

Google previewCase Management in Criminal Trials (2012)

by Roderick Denyer

A decision whether to adjourn is a decision within the discretion of the trial court. An appellate court will interfere only if very clear grounds for doing so are shown. (b) Magistrates should pay great attention to the need for expedition in the ...

Google previewThe Mystery of the Lost Colony Teacher's Guide (2010)

by Carole Marsh

To adjourn means to break from a meeting or gathering. The Elizabethan Gardens is a traditional English flower garden next to the Fort ...

Google previewThe Assembly Manual of the Wisconsin Legislature (1949)

Comprising Directory, Constitutions, Jefferson's Manual, Rules, Forms, and Statutory Provisions by Wisconsin. Legislature. Assembly

The motion to fix the time to which to adjourn is a motion of the highest privileged character. This motion can be § 484.

Google previewA Dictionary of Procedural Terms (2015)

A compilation of words selected for their application in preparation for and the conduct of meetings. by Harold E. Corbin

Adjourn, v.t. To terminate a meeting or session by a motion or when time set has arrived. Must be declared by the chair. The motion to adjourn is privileged if unqualified. It must be seconded, cannot be amended nor debated, and takes a ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

hold up Suspend a meeting or court proceedings temporarily—adjourn, recess Suspend court proceedings temporarily—adjourn, recess Suspend for the time being—adjourn Suspend from a university—rusticate Suspend in the air—hover ...

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Scrabble value of A1D2J8O1U1R1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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