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

v adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body

Type of:
adjourn, retire, withdraw
break from a meeting or gathering

v hold back to a later time

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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