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prompt

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of prompt

  1. 1 done, carried out, or given without delay prompt treatment of snakebites is always advisable Synonyms of prompt immediate, punctual, speedy, timely Words Related to prompt apt, quick, ready, swift, willing; opportune, seasonable; early Near Antonyms of prompt delinquent, latish, overdue; behind, behindhand, delayed, detained; dilatory, laggard, slow Antonyms of prompt belated, late, tardy

  2. 2 having or showing the ability to respond without delay or hesitation our waiter was prompt and courteous despite the fact that the restaurant was understaffed Synonyms of prompt alacritous, alert, expeditious, quick, ready, willingWords Related to prompt receptive, responsive; immediate, instant, instantaneous, summary; breakneck, breathless, brisk, fast, fleet, fleet-footed, hit-and-run, lightning, rapid, rapid-fire, rattling, snappy, speedy, swift, whirlwind; eager, keen, sharp; apt, clever, quick, quick-witted, ready-witted, sharp-witted, smartNear Antonyms of prompt unresponsive; crawling, creeping, dallying, dawdling, dilatory, dillydallying, dragging, laggard, lagging, lazy, lazyish, leisurely, logy (also loggy), poking, poky (or pokey), slothful, slow, slowish, sluggish, tardy, unhurried; dormant, idle, inactive, inert

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 (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

prompt

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of prompt

  1. 1 to be the cause of (a situation, action, or state of mind) a misguided pride prompted the family to refuse all offers of help Synonyms of prompt beget, breed, bring, bring about, bring on, catalyze, cause, create, do, draw on, effectuate, engender, generate, induce, invoke, make, occasion, produce, effect, result (in), spawn, translate (into), work, yieldWords Related to prompt conduce (to), contribute (to); decide, determine; begin, establish, father, found, inaugurate, initiate, innovate, institute, introduce, launch, pioneer, set, set up, start; advance, cultivate, develop, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote; enact, render, turn outNear Antonyms of prompt impede, limit, restrict; clamp down (on), crack down (on), crush, dampen, put down, quash, quell, repress, smother, squash, squelch, stifle, subdue, suppress; arrest, check, control, curb, inhibit, rein (in), restrain, retard; can [slang], kill, snuff (out), still; abolish, demolish, destroy, extinguish, liquidate, quench

  2. 2 to try to persuade (someone) through earnest appeals to follow a course of action prompted the reluctant performer onto the stage with loud cheers and whistles Synonyms of prompt egg (on), encourage, exhort, goad, nudge, press, prod, urgeWords Related to prompt drive, propel, spur, stimulate; hurry, hustle, push, rush; adjure, beseech, implore, importune; blandish, cajole, coax, soft-soap, wheedle; high-pressure, nag, needle, pressure; foment, incite, instigate, provoke, stir (up)Near Antonyms of prompt deter, discourage, dissuade; brake, check, constrain, curb, hold back, inhibit, restrain


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