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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Prorogat(e, -att, v. Also: prorag-, prorrog-. P.p. -at(e, -att; -ated, -atted. [Late ME and e.m.E. prorogate (a 1450), f. p.p. stem of L. prōrogāre Prorog v. Chiefly Sc.]

1. tr. To make longer in duration; to extend; to prolong.pres. 1542 Acts II 424*/2.
And prorogatis the terme contenit in the said act for rasing of the saidis selis … quhill [etc.]
1629 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III 16.
The lordis prorogatis the protectioun grantit to the laird … till [etc.]
1611-57 Mure True Crucifixe 1604.
They striue … To prorogate the shortned shame of sight
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I 31.
Power … to prorogat [the tacksmen's] … tackes for als many yeirs as they shall think expedient
1645 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 46.
And also prorogats and continoves the same commission
1679 Lauder Notices Affairs I 235.
It ware just to prorogate the tyme and give them yet a farder dyet
p.t. 1681 Stair Inst. ii viii §12.
The commission did increase the tack-duties … and in recompense thereof prorogated their tacks; whereby these … became little less than heritable rights
p.p. 1552 Reg. Privy C. I 127.
Bayth the saidis parteis hes prorogate and prorogattis the assurance presentlie standing amangis thaim unto the feist of Yule nix to cum
1597 Acts IV 140/2.
That strang beggaris … be imployit in commoun workis and thair seruice mentionat in the actis of parliament in [1579] … to be prorogat during thair lyftymes
1622-6 Bisset I 177/2.
1666 Decis. Lords G. 128.
Within the years of the legal, as it is now prorogate
1669 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III 2.
William Murdoch … supplicating that the tyme allowed to him to goe west to his family … might be prorogat [etc.]
1685 Acts VIII 460/1.

2. To postpone till a later date; to defer or put off.Also ellipt. and absol.(a) 1534 Crim. Trials I i 168.
With power to thame to proragate and contynew the geving of thair sentence for sic space as thai sal think expedient
(b) 1552 Dundee B. Ct. II fol. 173 (19 July).
With power to the saidis jugis to prorogat this compromit to day or dayes
1552 Edinb. B. Rec. II 169.
George Home … desyre tham to prorogat the day quhilk wes assignit to his wif to produce his richt
1560 Rolland Seven S. 9236.
Desiring him … To prorogat the day of battell set
1577 Reg. Privy C. II 641.
His grace is movit … to continew and prorogat his passage to Drumfreis unto the first day of November
1584 Ib. III 681. 1630 Linlithgow B. Rec. 14 May.
Continowis and prorogatis the ryding of the merchis quhill the twentie-fyift of Maii
1661 Aberd. Council Lett. IV 166. 1675 Inverness Presb. 62.
They … intreated the presbytrie to prorogate their visitation to summer
c1680 W. Row Blair 368.
The king did prorogate the time of the down-sitting of the Parliament
1698 Maxwell Mem. II 347.
And I belive the roup uill yet [be] prorogat
(c) 1682 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 11 Sept.
The consell hes … prorrogate the said fair day to be continued, and to be … upon Tuesday … third … October
ellipt. and absol. 1551 Dundee B. Ct. II fol. 61 b (22 May).
With power … to prorogat day or dayes within the said terme
1562 Dumfries B. Ct. fol. 146 b.
With power to prorogat for xl dayis & fordir for vtir concorence as efferis

b. To postpone, also c. adjourn, (the sitting of a court of justice or an assembly) until a later date.In some examples, evidence to distinguish clearly between b and c is lacking. 1558-66 Knox II 492.
In the mean time the Parliament was prorogated … to the first of September next … for it was thought that the least part … of the chief nobility being absent there could no Parliament be holden
c1630 Scot Narr. 127.
The commissioners … prorogat the dyet appointed by the last Generall Assembly to [July]
1631 Justiciary Cases I 190.
The loirdis of secreit counsall … commandis his maiesteis justice … to prorogat and continew the dyett appointed for the tryell of James Loird Ochiltrie untill Thursday nixt
1635 Wodrow in Hay Geneal. 86.
It wer agrieable … that the same [diet] wer prorogatted till he receaved mor health
1641 Baillie I 378.
The Parliament could be no longer prorogate
1674 Justiciary Ct. Rec. II 207.
The Lords upon a petition … prorogates the diet in the action pursued … against [etc.]
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. ii (1699) 290.

3. To extend (the jurisdiction of a judge or court) to a case in which it would otherwise be incompetent. 1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. ii (1699) 287.
Custome had in this prorogat the power of inferior judges
16.. Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. III 73.
A jurisdiction is said to be prorogate when a person not otherwise subject to it submitts to it

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