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verb (used with object), pro·rogued, pro·ro·guing.
  1. to discontinue a session of (the British Parliament or a similar body).
  2. to defer; postpone.
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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
Related formspro·ro·ga·tion [proh-ruh-gey-shuhn] /ˌproʊ rəˈgeɪ ʃən/, nounnon·pro·ro·ga·tion, nounun·pro·rogued, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • He suggested that the general should reopen it after the prorogation.

    The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon

    Jos Maria Gordon

  • Soon after the prorogation William set out for the Continent.

  • They were confined till the prorogation, and were much visited.

  • The heat of the dispute rendered a prorogation necessary (March 14).

  • So you have decided on prorogation, said Talleyrand to one of the ministers.


    Joseph McCabe

British Dictionary definitions for prorogation


  1. to discontinue the meetings of (a legislative body) without dissolving it
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Derived Formsprorogation (ˌprəʊrəˈɡeɪʃən), noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin prorogāre literally: to ask publicly, from prō- in public + rogāre to ask
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Word Origin and History for prorogation



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.

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