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tr.v. pro·rogued, pro·rogu·ing, pro·rogues
1. To discontinue a session of (a parliament, for example).
2. To postpone; defer.

[Middle English prorogen, from Old French proroguer, to postpone, from Latin prōrogāre : pro-, forward; see pro-1 + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

pro′ro·ga′tion n.


(prəˈrəʊɡ) or


(Parliamentary Procedure) to discontinue the meetings of (a legislative body) without dissolving it
[C15: from Latin prorogāre literally: to ask publicly, from prō- in public + rogāre to ask]
prorogation n



v.t. -rogued, -ro•guing.
1. to discontinue a session of (the British Parliament or a similar body).
2. to defer; postpone.
[1375–1425; late Middle English proroge < Latin prōrogāre to prolong, defer =prō- pro-1 + rogāre to ask]
pro`ro•ga′tion (-rəˈgeɪ ʃən) n.


Past participle: prorogued
Gerund: proroguing

I prorogue
you prorogue
he/she/it prorogues
we prorogue
you prorogue
they prorogue
I prorogued
you prorogued
he/she/it prorogued
we prorogued
you prorogued
they prorogued
Present Continuous
I am proroguing
you are proroguing
he/she/it is proroguing
we are proroguing
you are proroguing
they are proroguing
Present Perfect
I have prorogued
you have prorogued
he/she/it has prorogued
we have prorogued
you have prorogued
they have prorogued
Past Continuous
I was proroguing
you were proroguing
he/she/it was proroguing
we were proroguing
you were proroguing
they were proroguing
Past Perfect
I had prorogued
you had prorogued
he/she/it had prorogued
we had prorogued
you had prorogued
they had prorogued
I will prorogue
you will prorogue
he/she/it will prorogue
we will prorogue
you will prorogue
they will prorogue
Future Perfect
I will have prorogued
you will have prorogued
he/she/it will have prorogued
we will have prorogued
you will have prorogued
they will have prorogued
Future Continuous
I will be proroguing
you will be proroguing
he/she/it will be proroguing
we will be proroguing
you will be proroguing
they will be proroguing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been proroguing
you have been proroguing
he/she/it has been proroguing
we have been proroguing
you have been proroguing
they have been proroguing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been proroguing
you will have been proroguing
he/she/it will have been proroguing
we will have been proroguing
you will have been proroguing
they will have been proroguing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been proroguing
you had been proroguing
he/she/it had been proroguing
we had been proroguing
you had been proroguing
they had been proroguing
I would prorogue
you would prorogue
he/she/it would prorogue
we would prorogue
you would prorogue
they would prorogue
Past Conditional
I would have prorogued
you would have prorogued
he/she/it would have prorogued
we would have prorogued
you would have prorogued
they would have prorogued
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.prorogue - hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
call - stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; "call a football game"
hold - stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
suspend - render temporarily ineffective; "the prison sentence was suspended"
probate - put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
reprieve, respite - postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
2.prorogue - adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body
adjourn, retire, withdraw - break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library"
References in classic literature ?
The British monarch may prorogue or even dissolve the Parliament.
to prorogue the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which was adjourned last month.
The House reconvened on March 17, passed Interim Supply on March 26 and adjourned to April 21 when the Third Session of the 47th General Assembly will prorogue in the morning.
The Modi government played with rules to prorogue Rajya Sabha in March since the original Presidential ordinance issued in December last year was to expire on April 5.
His comment came a day after the government decided to prorogue the Rajya Sabha where the Land Acquisition Bill is stuck and re-promulgate Ordinance on the same as the earlier one lapses on April 5.
3) Monahan argues that the Governor General was wise to follow Harper's advice to prorogue Parliament, as refusing the Prime Minister in such a circumstance could set up an unprecedented political and constitutional crisis.
In today's session too, the health minister appeared in the lower house but the speaker had to prorogue the session following pandemonium in the house.
First, Stephen Harper has made a usage of the prime minister's power to prorogue parliament that has raised eyebrows, and that has attracted the opprobrium of even such Conservative-friendly news outlets as The Economist.
that the state governor can only convene, summon, adjourn or prorogue
The election has been called and Parliament will prorogue on Monday, April 12, and after 27 years, I will cease to be an MP.
In order to avoid defeat, and the possible loss of power, Harper resorted to a somewhat novel instrument: he asked the Governor General to prorogue Parliament.
By contrast, he praises the "duelling essays" by Andrew Heard and Ned Franks on whether the governor general was right to prorogue Parliament.