pro·​rogue | \ prə-ˈrōg How to pronounce prorogue (audio) \
prorogued; proroguing

Definition of prorogue

transitive verb

2 : to terminate a session of (something, such as a British parliament) by royal prerogative

intransitive verb

: to suspend or end a legislative session

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Examples of prorogue in a Sentence

the legislative session was prorogued for the summer
Recent Examples on the Web In a separate legal challenge brought by lawyers of 75 anti-Brexit lawmakers, a judge temporarily rejected calls to to block Johnson’s decision of proroguing parliament on Friday. Julia Webster, Time, "Former U.K. Prime Minister Joins Court Case to Stop Boris Johnson Suspending Parliament," 30 Aug. 2019 What was unprecedented about this case was that the courts had never before been called upon to review the Crown’s power to prorogue parliament. James Grant, Time, "What Boris Johnson's Defeat in the U.K. Supreme Court Means," 25 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday, Britain’s Supreme Court will consider whether Johnson’s decision to prorogue — or suspend — the British Parliament for five weeks was lawful, after conflicting judgments in lower courts. Washington Post, "Johnson, Juncker hold Brexit talks; no visible breakthrough," 16 Sep. 2019 Bercow who has openly criticized the prime minister’s decision to prorogue Parliament, approved their request, which led to a vote Tuesday night. Megan Specia,, "Brexit confusion: What is going on in Great Britain?," 4 Sep. 2019 In August, the Queen prorogued Parliament on the advice of the Prime Minister, which she is historically bound to take. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "‘Unlawful:’ Boris Johnson Loses Brexit Battle as Supreme Court Rules Against His Suspension of Parliament," 24 Sep. 2019 When a monarch prorogues Parliament, the current parliamentary session ends, meaning that all motions that have yet to be addressed, voted on, or passed are also suspended. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Approves a Suspension of Parliament amid Brexit Controversy," 29 Aug. 2019 The working assumption among constitutional experts is that, because Parliament was formally prorogued, the government would be obliged to put forward its legislative agenda for the new session in the form of a Queen's Speech. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "If Boris Johnson misled the Queen, it would be a bad look. Even for him.," 11 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Although the Supreme Court did not say so explicitly, its ruling implied that Mr Johnson had misled the queen when advising her in August to prorogue Parliament. The Economist, "The Supreme Court puts more obstacles before Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of prorogue

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for prorogue

Middle English prorogen, from Anglo-French proroger, from Latin prorogare, from pro- before + rogare to ask — more at pro-, right

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“Prorogue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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