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 for adjourn
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
     [1913 Webster]
           It is a common practice to adjourn the reformation of
           their lives to a further time.           --Barrow.
     [1913 Webster]
           'Tis a needful fitness
           That we adjourn this court till further day. --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
            [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 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" [syn: adjourn, withdraw,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "adjourn":
     break up, close, continue, curb, defer, delay, disband,
     discontinue, disperse, dissolve, drag out, extend, hang fire,
     hang up, hold back, hold off, hold over, hold up, lay aside,
     lay by, lay over, pigeonhole, postpone, prolong, prorogate,
     prorogue, protract, push aside, put aside, put off, put on ice,
     recess, reserve, restrain, rise, set aside, set by, shelve,
     shift off, sleep on, stand over, stave off, stay, stretch out,
     suspend, table, take a recess, terminate, waive

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