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prorogue

[proh-rohg] /proʊˈroʊg/
verb (used with object), prorogued, proroguing.
1.
to discontinue a session of (the British Parliament or a similar body).
2.
to defer; postpone.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English proroge < Latin prōrogāre to prolong, protract, defer, literally, to ask publicly, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + rogāre to ask, propose
Related forms
prorogation
[proh-ruh-gey-shuh n] /ˌproʊ rəˈgeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonprorogation, noun
unprorogued, adjective
Synonyms
1. suspend.
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  • The governor could no longer prorogue the legislature, and his term of office was reduced from three to two years.
British Dictionary definitions for prorogue

prorogue

/prəˈrəʊɡ/
verb
1.
to discontinue the meetings of (a legislative body) without dissolving it
Derived Forms
prorogation (ˌprəʊrəˈɡeɪʃən) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prorogāre literally: to ask publicly, from prō- in public + rogāre to ask
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Word Origin and History for prorogue
v.

early 15c., "to prolong, extend," from Old French proroger, proroguer (14c.), from Latin prorogare, literally "to ask publicly," from pro "before" (see pro-) + rogare "to ask" (see rogation). Perhaps the original sense in Latin was "to ask for public assent to extending someone's term in office." Legislative meaning "discontinue temporarily" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Prorogation.

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