Definition of Prompt

1. Noun. A cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken). "The audience could hear his prompting"

Exact synonyms: Prompting
Generic synonyms: Cue

2. Verb. Give an incentive for action. "They prompt him to write the letter"; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
Exact synonyms: Actuate, Incite, Motivate, Move, Propel
Generic synonyms: Cause, Do, Make
Related verbs: Affect, Impress, Move, Strike, Move
Derivative terms: Act, Incitation, Incitement, Motivation, Motivation, Motivation, Motivative, Motivator, Motive, Propulsion

3. Adjective. According to schedule or without delay; on time. "The train is prompt"
Similar to: Punctual
Derivative terms: Promptness

4. Noun. (computer science) a symbol that appears on the computer screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a command.
Exact synonyms: Command Prompt
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Generic synonyms: Electronic Communication

5. Verb. Serve as the inciting cause of. "They prompt him to write the letter"; "She prompted me to call my relatives"
Exact synonyms: Inspire, Instigate
Generic synonyms: Cause, Get, Have, Induce, Make, Stimulate
Derivative terms: Instigation, Instigation, Instigator, Prompting

6. Adjective. Ready and willing or quick to act. "She is always prompt to help her friends"
Similar to: Ready

7. Verb. Assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned.
Exact synonyms: Cue, Remind
Generic synonyms: Inform
Derivative terms: Cue, Prompter, Prompter, Prompting

8. Adjective. Performed with little or no delay. "A straightaway denial"
Exact synonyms: Immediate, Quick, Straightaway
Similar to: Fast
Derivative terms: Immediateness, Promptness, Quickness

Definition of Prompt

1. a. Ready and quick to act as occasion demands; meeting requirements readily; not slow, dilatory, or hesitating in decision or action; responding on the instant; immediate; as, prompt in obedience or compliance; -- said of persons.

2. n. A limit of time given for payment of an account for produce purchased, this limit varying with different goods. See Prompt-note.

3. v. t. To assist or induce the action of; to move to action; to instigate; to incite.

Definition of Prompt

1. Adjective. (archaic) Ready, willing (to act). ¹

2. Adjective. Quick, acting without delay. ¹

3. Adjective. On time, punctual. ¹

4. Noun. Something that indicates when or where a response is appropriate. ¹

5. Noun. (context: writing) A suggestion for inspiration given to an author. ¹

6. Verb. To lead someone toward what they should say or do. ¹

7. Verb. (theater and television) - to show or tell an actor/person the words they should be saying, or actions they should be doing. ¹

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Definition of Prompt

1. quick to act or respond [adj PROMPTER, PROMPTEST] / to induce to action [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Prompt

promotion system
promotional expense
promotional material
prompt (current term)
prompt box
prompt copy
prompter's box

Literary usage of Prompt

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1909)
"freight promptly on receiving notice requiring prompt shipment, prescribes no particular method of giving the notice, notice may be given by the consignee ..."

2. A Dictionary of the Old English Language: Compiled from Writings of the XII by Francis Henry Stratmann (1873)
"... throp "oppidum", prompt. 4'J2 ; prop horn. ... 9; thost prompt. 492; poste (dat.) ps 237. |>OH fée pu. [mimic .-. ..."

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