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Adjourn

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To Adjo'urn. v.a. [adjourner, Fr.]

  1. To put off to another day, naming the time; a term used in juridical proceedings; as, of parliaments, or courts of justice.

    The queen being absent, 'tis a needful fitness,
    That we adjourn this court to further day.
    Shakesp. Hen. VIII.

    By the king's authority alone, and by his writs they are assembled, and by him alone are they prorogued and dissolved; but each house may adjourn itself. Bac. Advice to Sir G. Villiers.

  2. To put off; to defer; to let stay to another time.

    Then, Jupiter, thou king of gods,
    Why hast thou thus adjourn'd
    The graces for his merits due,
    Being all to dolours turn'd.
    Shakesp. Cymbeline.

    Crown high the goblets with a cheerful draught;
    Enjoy the present hour, adjourn the future thought.
    Dryd. Æneid. vii. l. 181.

    The formation of animals being foreign to my purpose, I shall adjourn the consideration of it to another occasion. Woodward's Nat. History, p. iii.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Woodward, John (78)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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