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English Dictionary: adjourn by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. close at the end of a session; "The court adjourned" [syn: adjourn, recess, break up]
  2. break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library"
    Synonym(s): adjourn, withdraw, retire
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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},
      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; as, to
      adjourn the meeting; to adjourn a debate.
               It is a common practice to adjourn the reformation of
               their lives to a further time.               --Barrow.
               'Tis a needful fitness That we adjourn this court till
               further day.                                          --Shak.
      Syn: To delay; defer; postpone; put off; suspend.
      Usage: To {Adjourn}, {Prorogue}, {Dissolve}. These words are
                  used in respect to public bodies when they lay aside
                  business and separate. Adjourn, both in Great Britain
                  and this country, is applied to all cases in which
                  such bodies separate for a brief period, with a view
                  to meet again. Prorogue is applied in Great Britain to
                  that act of the executive government, as the
                  sovereign, which brings a session of Parliament to a
                  close. The word is not used in this country, but a
                  legislative body is said, in such a case, to adjourn
                  sine die. To dissolve is to annul the corporate
                  existence of a body. In order to exist again the body
                  must be reconstituted.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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'clock; the
      court adjourned without day.
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