prompt

verb
\ ˈpräm(p)t \
prompted; prompting; prompts

Definition of prompt 

(Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to move to action : incite

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

3 : to serve as the inciting cause of evidence prompting an investigation

prompt

adjective (1)

Definition of prompt (Entry 2 of 4)

: of or relating to prompting actors

prompt

adjective (2)

Definition of prompt (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : being ready and quick to act as occasion demands

2 : performed readily or immediately prompt assistance

prompt

noun
plural prompts\ˈpräm(p)ts, ˈprämps \

Definition of prompt (Entry 4 of 4)

1 [ 1prompt ] : something that prompts : reminder

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

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Other words from prompt

Verb

prompter noun

Adjective (2)

promptly \ˈpräm(p)t-lē, ˈpräm-plē \ adverb
promptness \ˈpräm(p)t-nəs, ˈprämp-nəs \ noun

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Adjective (2)

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 (such 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

Examples of prompt in a Sentence

Verb

Curiosity prompted her to ask a few questions. Pride prompted his angry response. The evidence prompted a criminal investigation. “Did you hear me?” he prompted when his friend did not respond to his first question. The actor had to be prompted by someone who was standing offstage. The computer prompted me to type in a number.

Noun

The actor was given a prompt by someone offstage.
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First Known Use of prompt

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (1)

1784, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prompt

Verb

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

Adjective (2)

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

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The first known use of prompt was in the 14th century

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prompt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of prompt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (someone) to do something

: to be the cause of (something)

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

prompt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prompt (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

prompt

verb
\ ˈprämpt \
prompted; prompting

Kids Definition of prompt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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

Other words from prompt

prompter noun

prompt

adjective
prompter; promptest

Kids Definition of prompt (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : being on time : punctual

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

Other words from prompt

promptly adverb
promptness noun

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