• 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