Definitions for: Prompt


[n] (computer science) a symbol that appears on the computer screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a command
[n] a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken); "the audience could hear his prompting"
[adj] characterized by speed and efficiency
[adj] performed with little or no delay; "an immediate reply to my letter"; "prompt obedience"; "was quick to respond"; "a straightaway denial"
[adj] according to schedule or without delay; "they were always on time"; "a prompt reply"
[adj] quick in apprehending or reacting; "a prompt (or ready) response"; "a prompt smile"
[v] serve as the inciting cause of; "She prompted me to call my relatives"
[v] assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
[v] give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"



Webster (1913) Definition: Prompt, n. (Com.)
A limit of time given for payment of an account for produce
purchased, this limit varying with different goods. See
Prompt-note.

To cover any probable difference of price which might
arise before the expiration of the prompt, which for
this article [tea] is three months. --J. S. Mill.


Prompt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prompted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Prompting.]
1. To assist or induce the action of; to move to action; to
instigate; to incite.

God first . . . prompted on the infirmities of the
infant world by temporal prosperity. --Jer. Taylor.

2. To suggest; to dictate.

And whispering angles prompt her golden dreams.
--Pope.

3. To remind, as an actor or an orator, of words or topics
forgotten.

Synonyms: actuate, command prompt, cue, efficient, expeditious, fast, immediate, incite, inspire, instigate, motivate, move, on time, prompting, propel, punctual, quick, ready, remind, straightaway, timesaving

See Also: cause, cause, cue, do, electronic communication, get, have, induce, inform, make, make, stimulate

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