Meaning of “adjourn” in the English Dictionary

"adjourn" in British English

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adjournverb [ I or T ]

uk /əˈdʒɜːn/ us /əˈdʒɝːn/ formal
adjournment
noun [ C or U ] uk /əˈdʒɜːn.mənt/ us /əˈdʒɝːn.mənt/

The defence attorney requested an adjournment.
The court's adjournment means that a decision will not be reached until December at the earliest.

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(Definition of “adjourn” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adjourn" in American English

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adjournverb [ I/T ]

us /əˈdʒɜrn/

to rest or pause during a meeting or trial:

[ T ] They adjourned the meeting until after lunch.
adjournment
noun [ C/U ] us /əˈdʒɜrn·mənt/

[ C ] There was a two-day adjournment in the trial.

(Definition of “adjourn” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"adjourn" in Business English

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adjournverb [ I or T ]

uk /əˈdʒɜːn/ us formal

MEETINGS, LAW to temporarily end a meeting or trial:

adjourn for sth The meeting adjourned for lunch.
adjourn a case/hearing/trial/inquest/meeting The district judge adjourned the case for 16 weeks to allow time for experts to give evidence.

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(Definition of “adjourn” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)