[ proh-rohg ]
/ proʊˈroʊg /

verb (used with object), pro·rogued, pro·ro·guing.

to discontinue a session of (the British Parliament or a similar body).
to defer; postpone.

Origin of prorogue

1375–1425; late Middle English proroge < Latin prōrogāre to prolong, protract, defer, literally, to ask publicly, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + rogāre to ask, propose


pro·ro·ga·tion [proh-ruh-gey-shuhn] /ˌproʊ rəˈgeɪ ʃən/, nounnon·pro·ro·ga·tion, nounun·pro·rogued, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for prorogation

/ (prəˈrəʊɡ) /


to discontinue the meetings of (a legislative body) without dissolving it

Derived forms of prorogue

prorogation (ˌprəʊrəˈɡeɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for prorogue

C15: from Latin prorogāre literally: to ask publicly, from prō- in public + rogāre to ask
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