- to discontinue a session of (the British Parliament or a similar body).
- to defer; postpone.
Origin of prorogue
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Examples from the Web for prorogue
The sovereign had never dared to prorogue them against their will, they argued.The Scottish Parliament
Robert S. (Robert Sangster) Rait
This view of q bears upon the theory of words like prorogue, &c.The English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
The Governor had the right to summon, to prorogue, and to dissolve the Assembly.Give Me Liberty
Thomas J. Wertenbaker
If the assemblies took notice of it, they were to prorogue or dissolve them.The Colonization of North America
Herbert Eugene Bolton
The King has the veto power and the power to prorogue parliament.Socialism and Democracy in Europe
Samuel P. Orth
- to discontinue the meetings of (a legislative body) without dissolving it
Word Origin and History for prorogue
early 15c., "to prolong, extend," from Old French proroger, proroguer (14c.), from Latin prorogare, literally "to ask publicly," from pro "before" (see pro-) + rogare "to ask" (see rogation). Perhaps the original sense in Latin was "to ask for public assent to extending someone's term in office." Legislative meaning "discontinue temporarily" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Prorogation.