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prompt

verb

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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

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prompt

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of prompt (Entry 2 of 3)

1 done, carried out, or given without delay
  • prompt treatment of snakebites is always advisable

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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

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prompt

noun

Synonyms of prompt (Entry 3 of 3)

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How does the adjective prompt contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of prompt are apt, quick, and ready. While all these words mean "able to respond without delay or hesitation or indicative of such ability," prompt is more likely to connote training and discipline that fits one for instant response.

prompt emergency medical care

When is apt a more appropriate choice than prompt?

The meanings of apt and prompt largely overlap; however, 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

In what contexts can quick take the place of prompt?

Although the words quick and prompt have much in common, quick stresses instancy of response and is likely to connote native rather than acquired power.

quick reflexes

a keen quick mind

Where would ready be a reasonable alternative to prompt?

The words ready and prompt are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, ready suggests facility or fluency in response.

backed by a pair of ready assistants

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

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“Prompt.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/prompt. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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