Definition of prorogue in English:



[with object]
  • Discontinue a session of (a parliament or other legislative assembly) without dissolving it.

    ‘James prorogued this Parliament, never to call another one’
    • ‘The revival of religious controversy was extremely unwelcome to Whig ministers and when the matter was raised in the lower house of convocation, that body was hastily prorogued, not to meet again until 1852.’
    • ‘On 27 July 1939, he issued a decree proroguing Parliament and suspending by-elections until June 1942, a measure unprecedented in peacetime.’
    • ‘Political analysts speculated that she will not face a vote unless certain of victory, predicting that she may either prorogue Parliament for another two months or dissolve it in favor of general elections.’
    • ‘In 1991, he prorogued parliament in order to block an impeachment motion against him.’
    • ‘The government was hoping to prorogue parliament on 20 November.’
    disband, disestablish, dismiss
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Late Middle English: from Old French proroger, from Latin prorogare ‘prolong, extend’, from pro- ‘in front of, publicly’ + rogare ‘ask’.