from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To discontinue a session of (a parliament, for example).
- transitive v. To postpone; defer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To protract; to prolong; to extend.
- transitive v. To defer; to delay; to postpone
- transitive v. To end the session of a parliament by an order of the sovereign, thus deferring its business.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To prolong; protract.
- To defer; put off; delay.
- To discontinue meetings of for a time, usually for a period of time not expressly stated: used specifically of the British Parliament.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hold back to a later time
- v. adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin prōrogō ("prolong, defer") (Wiktionary)