Prorogue is a technical way of saying "put off" or "delay." Usually, it describes something a government body does: when a congress or parliament prorogues, it's putting off business for a while.

Prorogue comes from the Latin word prorogare meaning "to stretch out." When you stop a meeting and decide to meet again at a later time, this "stretches out" the work being done. Remember that prorogue is close to prolong, which means pretty much the same thing, but without a break.

Definitions of prorogue
  1. verb
    adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body
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    type of:
    adjourn, retire, withdraw
    break from a meeting or gathering
  2. verb
    hold back to a later time
    synonyms: defer, hold over, postpone, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, table
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    stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
    stop dealing with
    render temporarily ineffective
    put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
    reprieve, respite
    postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
    type of:
    act later than planned, scheduled, or required
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