From Old French proroger, proroguer, from Latin prōrogō (“prolong, defer”)
prorogue (third-person singular simple present prorogues, present participle proroguing, simple past and past participle prorogued)
- (obsolete) To prolong or extend. [15th-18th c.]
- 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, II.2.6.iv:
- Mirth […] prorogues life, whets the wit, makes the body young, lively, and fit for any manner of employment.
- (transitive, now rare) To defer. [from 15th c.]
- (transitive) To suspend (a parliamentary session) or to discontinue the meetings of (an assembly, parliament etc.) without formally ending the session. [from 15th c.]
1932, Maurice Baring, chapter 20, in Friday's Business:
- The King settled to prorogue Parliament until the Christmas holidays, and to do nothing else for the present.
to suspend a parliamentary session