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Prorogue Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    prorogue v
  1. hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam" [syn: postpone, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put off]
  2. adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body
Prorogue Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Prorogue \Pro*rogue"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prorogued; p. pr. & vb. n. Proroguing.] [F. proroger, L. prorogare, prorogatum; pro forward + rogare to ask, to ask one for his opinion or vote, or about a law. See Rogation.]
  1. To protract; to prolong; to extend. [Obs.] He prorogued his government. --Dryden.
  2. To defer; to delay; to postpone; as, to proroguedeath; to prorogue a marriage. --Shak.
  3. To end the session of a parliament by an order of the sovereign, thus deferring its business. Parliament was prorogued to [meet at] Westminster. --Bp. Hall. The Parliament was again prorogued to a distant day. --Macaulay. Syn: To adjourn; postpone; defer. See Adjourn.
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