Definition of prorogue in English:



  • 1 Discontinue a session of (a parliament or other legislative assembly) without dissolving it.

    ‘James prorogued Parliament in 1685 and ruled without it’
    • ‘In 1991, he prorogued parliament in order to block an impeachment motion against him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The government was hoping to prorogue parliament on 20 November.’
    • ‘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.’
    disband, disestablish, dismiss
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    1. 1.1[no object](of a legislative assembly) be discontinued without being dissolved.
      ‘the House was all set to prorogue’
      • ‘The wealthy creditors of the Council, however, opposed inflation, and they rejected the House bill, after which ‘the General Court prorogued in a bad temper.’’
      • ‘Will the issue be dealt with before we prorogue in the autumn or before we rise for any general election next year?’


Late Middle English: from Old French proroger, from Latin prorogare prolong, extend from pro- in front of, publicly + rogare ask.