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prompt

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verb \ˈpräm(p)t\

Simple Definition of prompt

  • : to cause (someone) to do something

  • : to be the cause of (something)

  • : to say (something that encourages a person to talk)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prompt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move to action :  incite

  3. 2 :  to assist (one acting or reciting) by suggesting or saying the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned :  cue

  4. 3 :  to serve as the inciting cause of <evidence prompting an investigation>

prompter

noun

Examples of prompt in a sentence

  1. Curiosity prompted her to ask a few questions.

  2. Pride prompted his angry response.

  3. The evidence prompted a criminal investigation.

  4. Did you hear me? he prompted when his friend did not respond to his first question.

  5. The actor had to be prompted by someone who was standing offstage.

  6. The computer prompted me to type in a number.



Origin and Etymology of prompt

Middle English, from Medieval Latin promptare, from Latin promptus prompt


First Known Use: 14th century


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prompt

adjective

Definition of prompt

  1. :  of or relating to prompting actors



1784

First Known Use of prompt

1784


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prompt

adjective

Definition of prompt

  1. 1 :  being ready and quick to act as occasion demands

  2. 2 :  performed readily or immediately <prompt assistance>

promptly

play \ˈpräm(p)t-lē, ˈpräm-plē\ adverb

promptness

play \ˈpräm(p)t-nəs, ˈprämp-nəs\ noun


Origin and Etymology of prompt

Middle English, from Latin promptus ready, prompt, from past participle of promere to bring forth, from pro- forth + emere to take — more at redeem


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of prompt

quick, prompt, ready, apt mean able to respond without delay or hesitation or indicative of such ability. quick stresses instancy of response and is likely to connote native rather than acquired power <quick reflexes> <a keen quick mind>. prompt is more likely to connote training and discipline that fits one for instant response <prompt emergency medical care>. ready suggests facility or fluency in response <backed by a pair of ready assistants>. apt stresses the possession of qualities (as intelligence, a particular talent, or a strong bent) that makes quick effective response possible <an apt student> <her answer was apt and to the point>.

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prompt

noun

Simple Definition of prompt

  • : the lines of a play that are said to an actor who has forgotten them

  • computers : a message that appears on a computer screen asking the user to do something or to provide information

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prompt

plural

prompts

play \ˈpräm(p)ts, ˈprämps\
  1. 1 [1prompt] :  something that prompts :  reminder

  2. 2 [3prompt] :  a limit of time given for payment of an account for goods purchased; also :  the contract by which this time is fixed

Examples of prompt in a sentence

  1. The actor was given a prompt by someone offstage.



Circa 1531

First Known Use of prompt

circa 1531


PROMPT Defined for Kids

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prompt

play
verb \ˈprämpt\

Definition of prompt for Students

prompted

prompting

  1. 1 :  to lead to do something <Curiosity prompted me to ask the question.>

  2. 2 :  to be the cause of <The incident prompted an investigation.>

  3. 3 :  to remind of something forgotten or poorly learned <Sometimes it's necessary to prompt an actor.>

prompter

noun



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prompt

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adjective

Definition of prompt for Students

prompter

promptest

  1. 1 :  quick and ready to act <She's always prompt to volunteer.>

  2. 2 :  being on time :  punctual

  3. 3 :  done at once :  given without delay <The patient needed prompt attention.>

promptly

adverb

promptness

noun




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