Definition of


  1. (verb, stative) hold back to a later time
  2. (verb, social) adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body

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Alternate forms of Prorogue

Derivations: prorogation

Hyponyms: call, hold, probate, reprieve, respite, suspend

Hypernyms: adjourn, delay, retire, withdraw

Origin of the word Prorogue

  1. early 15c., "to prolong, extend," from O.Fr. proroger (14c.), from L. prorogare, lit. "to ask publicly," from pro "before" + rogare "to ask" (see rogation). Perhaps the original sense in L. was "to ask for public assent to extending someone's term in office." Meaning "to discontinue temporarily" is attested from mid-15c. more

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