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Prorogue


PROROGUE, verb transitive prorog. [Latin prorogo; pro and rogo. The latter word signifies to ask, or to propose; but the primary sense is to reach, to stretch forward; and this is its import in the derivative prorogo.]

1. To protract; to prolong.

He prorogued his government.

2. To defer; to delay; as, to prorogue death.

[In the foregoing senses, the word is now rarely used.]

3. To continue the parliament from one session to another. Parliament is prorogued by the king's authority, either by the lord chancellor in his majesty's presence, or by commission, or by proclamation.