Prorogue vs prolong

Prorogue and prolong are two words that are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of prorogue and prolong, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Prorogue means to suspend a legislative assembly without dissolving it, to postpone or delay business. To prorogue does not mean that the assembly’s work is canceled, it is extended or stretched out. Prorogue is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are prorogues, prorogued, proroguing, prorogation. The word prorogue is derived from the Latin word prorogare, which means to extend.

Prolong means to extend or stretch out the length of time something takes, with no respite or break. Prolong is also a transitive verb, related words are prolongs, prolonged, prolonging, prolongation. The word prolong is derived from the Latin word prolongare which means long forward. Remember, prorogue means to extend something by suspending it in order to reconvene later, prolong means to extend something with no respite or break.


In a surprise move, Premier Kathleen Wynne has briefly prorogued the Ontario Legislature and says a throne speech Monday will detail the government’s priorities in the time remaining before the June election. (The Toronto Star)

Many scholars wondered whether the Queen’s representative, the Governor-General, would deny Stephen Harper a request to prorogue Parliament in 2008. (The Winnipeg Sun)

The decision to prolong the strike indefinitely was reached at a general meeting of the labor union on Thursday, according to local news reports. (The Korea Herald)

They scratched out enough runs to prolong the game and scored a total of 16 runs in the fifth and sixth frames, making for a remarkable finish in a three-hour slugfest that included 28 hits and 28 walks. (The Times Record News)

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