prorogue
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /pɹə(ʊ)ˈɹəʊɡ/
  • (America) IPA: /pɹoʊˈɹoʊɡ/
Verb

prorogue (prorogues, present participle proroguing; past and past participle prorogued)

  1. (transitive) To suspend (a parliamentary session) or to discontinue the meetings of (an assembly, parliament etc.) without formally ending the session. [from 15th c.]
  2. (transitive, now rare) To defer. [from 15th c.]
  3. (obsolete) To prolong or extend. [15th-18th c.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section 2, member 6, subsection iv:
      Mirth […] prorogues life, whets the wit, makes the body young, lively, and fit for any manner of employment.
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