Definition of prorogue in English:

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Pronunciation: /prōˈrōɡ/

verb (prorogues, proroguing, prorogued)

[with object]
1Discontinue a session of (a parliament or other legislative assembly) without dissolving it: James prorogued Parliament in 1685 and ruled without it
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  • Political analysts speculated that she will not face a vote unless certain of victory, predicting that she may either prorogue Parliament for another two months or dissolve it in favor of general elections.
  • On 27 July 1939, he issued a decree proroguing Parliament and suspending by-elections until June 1942, a measure unprecedented in peacetime.
  • In 1991, he prorogued parliament in order to block an impeachment motion against him.
1.1 [no object] (Of a legislative assembly) be discontinued without being dissolved: the House was all set to prorogue
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  • The wealthy creditors of the Council, however, opposed inflation, and they rejected the House bill, after which ‘the General Court prorogued in a bad temper.’
  • Will the issue be dealt with before we prorogue in the autumn or before we rise for any general election next year?



Pronunciation: /ˌprōrəˈɡāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • In volume 3 of the materials, tab 5, page 430, there are three things, adjournment, prorogation and dissolution.
  • A prorogation is not a dissolution - a prorogued Parliament can meet again without an intervening election.
  • It was the year of Bloody Sunday in Derry and the Widgery Inquiry, the year of the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin, the prorogation of the Stormont Parliament and the introduction of direct rule in Northern Ireland.


Late Middle English: from Old French proroger, from Latin prorogare 'prolong, extend', from pro- 'in front of, publicly' + rogare 'ask'.

Words that rhyme with prorogue

brogue, disembogue, drogue, pirog, pirogue, rogue, vogue

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Syllabification: pro·rogue

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