From French prompt, from Latin prōmptus (“visible, apparent, evident”), past participle of prōmō (“to take or bring out or forth, produce, bring to light”), from prō (“forth, forward”) + emō (“to take, acquire, buy”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹɒmpt/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /pɹɑmpt/
- Rhymes: -ɒmpt
- Quick; acting without delay.
- He was very prompt at getting a new job.
- On time; punctual.
- Be prompt for your appointment.
- (archaic) Ready; willing to act.
- 1623, Shakespeare, William, Antony & Cleopatra, act 3, scene 8:
- Tell him, I am prompt / To lay my Crowne at's feete, and there to kneele.
- (acting without delay): hasty; see also Thesaurus:prompt
- (on time): timely; see also Thesaurus:punctual
- (willing to act): good to go, yare
prompt (plural prompts)
- A reminder or cue.
- (business, dated) A time limit given for payment of an account for produce purchased, this limit varying with different goods.
- 1848, John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Economy: With Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy. [...] In Two Volumes, volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: John W[illiam] Parker, […], OCLC 948263597:
- To cover any probable difference of price which might arise before the expiration of the prompt, which for this article [tea] is three months.
- (computing) A sequence of characters that appears on a monitor to indicate that the computer is ready to receive input.
- I filled in my name where the prompt appeared on the computer screen but my account wasn't recognized.
- (writing) A suggestion for inspiration given to an author.
- (transitive) To lead (someone) toward what they should say or do.
- I prompted him to get a new job.
- (transitive, theater and television) To show or tell an actor/person the words they should be saying, or actions they should be doing.
- If he forgets his words I will prompt him.
- (transitive) To initiate; to cause or lead to.
- 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC:
- The only sour note on a virtually perfect night for England came from shameful 'monkey' chanting aimed at Ashley Cole and Ashley Young from a section of Bulgaria's fans which later prompted an official complaint from the Football Association to Uefa.
- 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, 27:
- On October 6, 1927, Warner Bros. released The Jazz Singer, the first sound-synched feature film, prompting a technological shift of unprecedented speed and unstoppable force. Within two years, nearly every studio release was a talkie.
- See also Thesaurus:advise
- prompt in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- prompt in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- prompt at OneLook Dictionary Search
prompt (not comparable)
|Inflection of prompt|
prompt m (plural prompts)
- “prompt” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- promptément (“hastily”)