prorogue (prorogues, present participle proroguing; past and past participle prorogued)
- (transitive) To suspend (a parliamentary session) or to discontinue the meetings of (an assembly, parliament etc.) without formally ending the session. [from 15th c.]
- (transitive, now rare) To defer. [from 15th c.]
- (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.