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

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.
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.

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

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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