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1with object Chiefly Law. To prolong, lengthen; to extend in time or duration; to cause to last longer; to continue, to protract. Compare "prorogue". Now rare.
2with object Law. To extend (the jurisdiction of a court or judge) to a cause which is not properly or usually within the competence of the court or judge.
3with object To defer, postpone; = "prorogue". Now rare.
4with object To discontinue (a regular meeting, assembly, parliament, etc.).
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Higden's Polychronicon. From classical Latin prōrogāt-, past participial stem of prōrogāre prorogue.
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