American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

Author: Noah Webster


ADJOURN’, v.t. Adjurn’.

Literally, to put off, or defer to another day; but now used to denote a formal intermission of business, a putting off to any future meeting of the same body, and appropriately used of public bodies or private commissioners, entrusted with business; as, the court adjourned the consideration of the question.

ADJOURN’, v.i. To suspend business for a time; as, from one day to another, or for a longer period, usually public business, as of legislatures and courts, for repose or refreshment; as, congress adjourned at four o’clock. It is also used for the act of closing the session of a public body; as, the court adjourned without day.

It was moved that parliament should adjourn for six weeks.