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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Synonyms for prorogue


adjourn, prorogate, recess, suspend

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Examples of prorogue in a Sentence

the legislative session was prorogued for the summer

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But if the next Prime Minister decides to prorogue parliament, the Queen would be involved one way or another. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Could Queen Elizabeth Stop a 'No Deal' Brexit?," 19 July 2019 This was what caused James to prorogue Parliament and rule by royal decree. James P. Sutton, National Review, "In Defense of the Glorious Revolution," 19 July 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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to shake or wave menacingly

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