• WordNet 3.6
    • v prorogue adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body
    • v prorogue hold back to a later time "let's postpone the exam"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prorogue To defer; to delay; to postpone; as, to proroguedeath; to prorogue a marriage.
    • Prorogue To end the session of a parliament by an order of the sovereign, thus deferring its business. "Parliament was prorogued to [meet at] Westminster.""The Parliament was again prorogued to a distant day."
    • Prorogue To protract; to prolong; to extend. "He prorogued his government."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prorogue To prolong; protract.
    • prorogue To defer; put off; delay.
    • prorogue To discontinue meetings of for a time, usually for a period of time not expressly stated: used specifically of the British Parliament. Parliament is prorogued from session to session by the sovereign's authority, either by the lord chancellor in the royal presence, or by commission, or by proclamation. See parliament and adjournment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Prorogue prō-rōg′ to bring the meetings of parliament to an end for a time: to put off from one session to another
    • pr.p Prorogue prorōg′uing: pa.t. and pa.p. prorōgued′
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. proroger, L. prorogare, prorogatum,; pro, forward + rogare, to ask, to ask one for his opinion or vote, or about a law. See Rogation


In literature:

Accordingly, parliament, having been prorogued until October 16, was further prorogued until December 3, and then finally dissolved.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
By the time Parliament was prorogued in August, the Ministry had won a complete victory.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Parliament was prorogued on April 19, and the country was thrown into the turmoil of a General Election.
"Lord John Russell" by Stuart J. Reid
Two days after the date of this letter, Parliament was prorogued, and the Chancellor sent in his resignation.
"Memoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, Volume 2 (of 2)" by The Duke of Buckingham
The Parliament had been prorogued, and the Bloody Statute was not yet re-enacted.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
On the day after the presentation of the address, the 19th of March, the session was prorogued to the 1st of September.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
He prorogued Parliament, which was then just commencing a session, in his own name alone.
"Mary Queen of Scots, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
In June he adjourned Parliament, without formally proroguing it.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
The Wurtemburg Diet, for a similar reason, was prorogued on the 4th.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850." by Various
None the less, the House was prorogued, and the elections were held.
"The Winning of Popular Government" by Archibald Macmechan
Yesterday the King prorogued Parliament with a very moderate, inoffensive Speech.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
The narrative has already been brought down to the autumn of 1605, when the parliament was prorogued from October to November the 5th.
"Guy Fawkes" by Thomas Lathbury
The Chamber of Deputies was therefore prorogued until June 16 and then dissolved.
"A History of the Third French Republic" by C. H. C. Wright
He continued to prorogue it from time to time, seeking in the interim to conciliate the Virginians, and soothe their irritated pride.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
Parliament, which was to have met in October, was prorogued till January, to mature the intended measures.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
Accordingly, on the 26th of June they were prorogued.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
I suspect my unlucky breakfast must be prorogued to luncheon-time.
"Tony Butler" by Charles James Lever
The Jamaica House of Assembly was prorogued by the Governor on the 23d of May; the Governor made a long speech on the occasion.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 4, July, 1851" by Various
Parliament stood prorogued till October 3rd, and was afterwards further adjourned till the fateful 5th of November.
"What was the Gunpowder Plot?" by John Gerard
The Canadian Parliament was prorogued by the Governor-General on the 30th of August.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. III, No. XVII, October 1851" by Various