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- (transitive) To suspend (a parliamentary session) or to discontinue the meetings of (an assembly, parliament etc.) without formally ending the session. [from 15th c.]
- 2019 October, Dan Harvey, “HS2 costs rise as schedule slips”, in Modern Railways, page 9:
- On 9 September, when Parliament was prorogued until 14 October [later reversed by the Supreme Court], spelling the end of 12 pieces of legislation, it emerged that the High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Bill was one of only three bills which will be carried over into the new parliamentary session.
- (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.
to suspend a parliamentary session
to prolong or extend