• Discontinue a session of (a parliament or other legislative assembly) without dissolving it.
  • (Of a legislative assembly) Be discontinued without being dissolved.

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Example Sentences

“The board elected to prorogue the meeting until more people could attend to vote on the amendment.”

“In a swift resolution, Parliament voted to prorogue all sessions until the end of the year.”

“We’ll prorogue this debate until more evidence can come in.”

Word Origin

Latin, 15th century

Why this word?

While it may look very similar to the noun “prologue,” meaning “a separate introductory section of a literary or musical work,” the verb “prorogue” is completely different. “Prologue” can be broken into two Greek words: “pro,” meaning “beginning,” and “logos,” meaning “saying.” As far as “prorogue,” it’s used today primarily in reference to British parliamentary proceedings. “Prorogue” reaches back through Anglo-French to Latin origins in “prorogare,” meaning “to stretch out or prolong.”

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